Shark fin soup is a delicacy that dates all the way back to the Song dynasty (960-1279). The fins are often shredded and added to the broth to provide texture and thicken the soup.
The dish later became associated with wealth and power and started to lose its popularity under Communism. It has seen a resurgence since the 1980s with some wealthy Chinese willing to “splash” out as much as $230 per bowl!
But environmental and animal rights groups are “preying” that this trade will end. Public awareness of the issue is starting to spread. The boycott movement is going mainstream, with popular figures like Jet Li and Billionaire Jack Ma announcing they no longer eat the delicacy.
Many people think it’s time to ban the trade altogether.