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3 July 2012
China announces plans to ban shark fin soup at official functions, delighting environmentalists. Ramy Inocencio reports.
From AFP news agency:
China bans shark fin soup from official receptions
09 Dec 2013 03:38
Shark fin has effectively been off the menu at official dining tables since 2012 when Beijing pledged to bar the popular yet controversial delicacy as part of its anti-extravagance campaign.
Demand for shark fin has plummeted after many high-end hotels and restaurants stopped serving the dish, along with other expensive delicacies favoured by Communist Party officials such as abalone and bird’s nest soup.
An order from the Communist Party Central Committee and the State Council “explicitly ruled out dishes containing shark fins, bird nests and wild animal products in official reception dinners,” the official Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.
“Officials on business tours should arrange their own meals according to relevant expenditure standards and the local hosts are allowed to provide only one reception dinner if needed,” it said, citing the regulation.
The detailed document also bars expensive liquors and cigarettes from being offered at local authority receptions, as it aims to “regulate” spending on receptions given by local authorities for visiting party or government officials, Xinhua said.
Officials below provincial level are also banned from renting hotel suites on business trips, while local hosts are forbidden to give them cash, securities or souvenirs as gifts.
Chinese officials have long held lavish liquor-drenched receptions as a way of building business relationships, greasing the wheels of power, and showing off wealth and status.
The new rules are intended “to promote frugality, oppose extravagance and enhance the anti-corruption efforts among party and governmental authorities,” Xinhua said.
Xi Jinping, who took office as president in March after becoming Communist Party chief in November 2012, has vowed to crack down on corruption at all levels of government, calling it a threat to the future of the ruling party.
Shark-fin soup was once a luxury enjoyed by China’s elite, but shark populations have been decimated around the world as the country’s 1.3 billion people have grown wealthier and incorporated it into their festivities.
Hong Kong’s government said in September it would stop serving shark fin at official functions as “a good example”, following years of lobbying by conservation groups.
Companies including the Shangri-La hotel group and Cathay Pacific have also moved to stop serving or carrying shark fin.
China bans wild animals from official dinner tables: here.
From Wildlife Extra:
“Obviously, the Chinese Government is powerful and if it takes the lead on wildlife conservation, there will be a significant decline in demand and supply for wildlife products in China,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).
In a survey conducted by Rapid Asia 60 percent of Chinese people said the most compelling reason for them to stop buying ivory would be if ivory buying was made illegal in all circumstances. This reason would also be made even more compelling if backed up by a strong recommendation from a government leader. It is therefore hoped this ban by the Government will have the same affect.
“IFAW applauds the government’s decision to ban the serving of these wildlife products at official functions and believes it will have a significant impact in reducing the demand and consumption of wildlife parts and products in general,” said Gabriel.
Shark fishers in Madagascar sell fins for less than 1 dollar: here.
- China Bans Shark Fin, Bird’s Nest Soups From Official Events (world.time.com)
- China bans shark fin dinners, suites for officials in latest crackdown (straitstimes.com)
- Shark Savers campaign to stop shark fin soup consumption (twofishdivers.com)
- The shark fin trade bill dies on Senate floor in Texas. (protectingtheoceans.wordpress.com)
- Argumentative essay:Should shark finning be globally banned? (jackyzx5555.wordpress.com)
- January Jones: NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans (huffingtonpost.com)
- Have We Saved the Sharks? (scientificamerican.com)
- Victory! Cruel Practice of Shark Finning Banned in New Zealand (onegreenplanet.org)
- ‘Extinction Soup’ Exposes Mass Murder of the Shark Fin Trade (onegreenplanet.org)