Thursday, February 11, 2016

Yummy, Shark Fin

Shark corpses with fins cut off found washed up on beach in Taiwan. Dozens of mutilated shark corpses were found washed up on a beach in Hsinchu, Taiwan with their fins cut off on Tuesday, Apple Daily reported.
The sharks were left to die and rot, because they were not as valuable as their precious fins.

Taiwanese coast guard and government officials launched an investigation after a netizen named Kay Chen found the sharks and posted about it on Facebook.
Authorities said they will gather surveillance footage in an attempt to determine the identity of the culprits who de-finned the poor animals.

The fins are the most valuable part of the fish, and local residents have blamed fisherman for the brutal practice.

In Taiwan, it's illegal to separate a shark's fin from the rest of its body, and the fine for doing so is the equivalent of between $1,000 and $5,000.

However, shark fin soup can still be found on the menu at upscale hotels and restaurants in Taiwan and other East Asian countries.

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