Shark fin soup stopped at Thailand school

This video says about itself:

23 March 2012

Shark finning is a practice used around the world where fishers capture sharks, and remove and sell their fins. Not only is it cruel, it’s hurting all marine life. Humane Society International is working hard to stop shark finning everywhere.

From the Bangkok Post in Thailand:

Shark fin soup removed from menu (Updated)

19 Nov 2015 at 11:55


Montfort College School in Chiang Mai has removed shark fin soup from the menu to be served at the school’s annual party next month at the request of a parent and after the issue was raised by a green advocate.

Friday update
Montfort removes shark’s fin soup from menu

Montfort College has informed us that it responded quickly to the parent’s concerns over serving a dish containing shark fin at next month’s annual reunion party. College officials say they thanked her for her concern and her valuable suggestion and tooks steps to remove the dish on October 26. The story became news after plans to include the dish was publicised by a prominent environmental activist.

Thursday story

Apinya Wipatayotin

Montfort College School in Chiang Mai should remove shark fin soup from the menu to be served at the school’s annual party next month, says a green advocate.

The president of the Lanna Bird and Nature Conservation Club, Rungsrit Kanjanavanit, says he backs the concerns of a school parent who wrote to him saying she was disappointed in the decision to include shark fin on the menu, as it encourages animal cruelty.

The mother said the school was preparing to offer shark fin with crab meat and scallops in red soup, to be served at 260 tables during the annual reunion dinner on Dec 22-23.

Dr Rungsrit, also an environmental activist, said shark fin soup is no longer fashionable. Many airlines and hotels refuse to include the traditional Chinese delicacy on their menus.

The school should remove it from its menu as a good example to society, he said.

Dr Rungsrit said the complainant is the mother of three children at the school. She told him in the letter the school should avoid encouraging cruelty against the shark population.

She said sharks are not food for human beings and their fins have no extra nutrition compared to other kinds of food.

“I don’t want to see the school’s party as part of a vicious circle that kills sharks and destroys the marine ecological system,” she said.

Dr Rungsrit said the mother also wrote to the school to pass on her concerns. Its executives had replied thanking her for her concerns and said they would consider the matter. No word was given on whether other parents have complained.

Jews, Arabs together for peace

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20 October 2015

A cafe owner in the Israeli town of Netanya is offering a 50% discount to Jews and Arabs who decide to eat together. He believes that hummus is a cross cultural dish that both communities enjoy, and wants to use it as a symbol of commonality and peace.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Israeli left rallies for peaceful solution

Monday 26th October

JEWISH and Arab Israeli citizens held a rally for peace and an end to the occupation of Palestine in Haifa last night.

The demonstration followed Saturday evening’s march through Tel Aviv from Rabin Square to the Defence Ministry.

Both events were backed by the Communist Party, Israel’s only political party which has both Jewish and Arab members.

Saturday’s march was organised by campaign group Peace Now.

“Only a political process that will lead to the end of our control over millions of Palestinians will end the bloody conflict between the two peoples and allow Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and quiet.

“The only way to prevent further deterioration is through a two-state solution,” the group stated ahead of the demo, which was attended by about 6,000 people.

Peace Now chairman Yariv Oppenheimer told the crowds that Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government had turned Israel into a “violent, racist and hopeless” country.