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Thank you for your support,

Fin Free Soup Team 

Dear Restaurateur,

I am contacting you regarding your decision to serve shark fin soup.

I understand and appreciate that shark fin soup has long been a part of the Asian culture, however, there are many implications for consuming this dish for humans and sharks alike.

There are few health benefits from consuming shark fins, however, studies have shown that consuming shark products can contribute to the intake of mercury in a person’s diet. Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, as well as on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. It is particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women to consume

(World Health Organisation fact sheet detailing Mercury’s effect on humans http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs361/en/)

Methods often employed in collecting shark fins involve removing the fins and dumping the body back into the ocean while the shark is still alive. An inhumane practise that ultimately results in the death of the shark, either through asphyxiation, blood loss or by being eaten alive.

According to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, 32 percent of open ocean sharks are now threatened with extinction. This is the result of overfishing due to the high demand for shark fin soup, meat and cartilage products. Sharks are particularly sensitive to overfishing due to their late maturity, low birthing rates and long pregnancy periods. Estimates suggest a total annual mortality of 100 million sharks killed in 2000 and about 97 million sharks in 2010, with a total range between 63 and 273 million per year. A number that is far from sustainable.

I ask that in light of this information you remove shark fin soup from your menu and replace it with a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. If you require clarification or any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards,

尊敬的餐厅业者,

我因您在贵餐厅供应鱼翅汤一事而与您联系。

俗语说「民以食为先」,中华传统饮食文化博大精深乃是众所周知。我深刻了解鱼翅汤是中华饮食传统文化的一部分,然而,饮用鱼翅汤将为人类以及鲨鱼带来诸多问题。

诚然,鱼翅汤会为人们的健康带来些微好处,但亦有研究报告指出,食用鲨鱼类的产品的同時也将摄入水银。水银危害甚巨,所含有的剧毒不仅會對人们的免疫能力、神经及消化系统造成影响,同時也将危及肺,肝,皮肤以及眼睛等器官。对孕妇及孩童來说,更是有百害而无一利。

(请参考世界卫生组织所记录的关于水银对人体造成的伤害:http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs361/en/

收集魚翅的方法往往是将魚鰭活生生地从魚身上直接剥除,尔后便将丧失移动能力的鯊魚重丟入海,任其在水底苦苦掙扎、受尽折磨。這项不人道的捕猎方式最终导致了鯊魚的死亡,致死原因不外乎窒息、失血过多、或是在活着的状态下蚀食至死。

据国际自然保护联盟辖下的鲨鱼专家小组调查显示,为了满足市场上供不应求的鲨鱼食品需求,至今三十二巴仙的公海鲨鱼已因过度捕捞而面临绝迹的困境。鲨鱼的成熟期相對较晚,再加上怀孕几率极低、怀孕期费时较长,因此过度捕捞对其造成的影响不可谓不高。据统计,在2000年共有大约一亿只鲨鱼被杀害,2010年時数量则微降至九千七百万只鲨鱼被杀害,每年平均数据介于六千三百万至两亿七千三百万之间。这项数字远远无法达到可持续性的情况。

鉴于上述理由,我在此恳请贵司将鱼翅汤自菜单中删除,並且替换成另一道對环境更加友善的绿色饮食。

感谢拨冗阅读至此,冀望您能慎重考虑此事。若有任何疑问,烦请不吝与我联络。

望请酌定, 即覆為盼。

XXX  敬启。

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