Despite Strong Efforts, Shark Fin Still King In China
January 28, 2013
Despite the best efforts of conservationists and environmentalists, the popularity of shark fin soup in China is not fading.
A recent environmental survey in Beijing found that out of 249 luxury hotels in Beijing, Shenzhen and Fuzhou, only 17 have stopped serving shark fin soup. Most of these hotels are owned by larger multinational companies like Marriot and Sheraton.
In the Chinese market shark fin soup can sell for upwards of $320 per serving. In some restaurants it can account for 20-30 percent of revenue. Businesses are hesitant to take the delicacy off the menu as a result.
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