From Dolphins to Sharks

I will start with the most generic of clauses. The Cove was an interesting video, entertaining in a very emotionally masochistic sort of way. Its depiction of the dolphin industry struck a deep, bass chord that brought out both the willing hero in us, and the tearful child, hugging his or her dolphin plushy.

Sharks. Feels like I’m jumping topics here, but to a three-year-old boy, the jump is only natural. The fascination with these animals is beyond comprehension. I mean this in a literal sense; travelling from country to country, it’s odd that conversations revert to the shark every now and then, whether it is a cultural subject, mass-media fascination in America, or a soup based delicacy in China.

Reverting back to The Cove, I remember leaving the room with a heavy feeling over my back, and as I looked towards the others in my class, they all looked defeated. We haven’t even finished the documentary yet. There has to be a victory story somewhere, something to perhaps restore the little twinkle of faith in myself, and the rest of the class.

I signed an anti-shark finning petition. I didn’t think I would see the effect years later, but apparently it has. China has always been shone in a negative light in the United States, and I found this somewhat shocking at first when I came over. Democratic debates smashing the communist country, ironically, their economical best friend (a topic for another time). No fret, however, as there seems to be some progress on the seafood front!

Years after signing the petition, I stumbled upon this article on a news network

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-china-victory-for-wildlife-conservation-as-citizens-persuaded-to-give-up-shark-fin-soup/2013/10/19/e8181326-3646-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html?hpid=z1

            We hit that industry with the hammer of justice. The geeky phrase aside, it was nice to see good progress in the world from time to time. The media is plastered with the news of the negative light, but it’s at times like this, where it feels like our conservation efforts and of provoking awareness is finally paying off. In a country where eating a shark is considered a delicacy, and symbol of social status for eons, the fact that this can change in only a decade or two, is a good sign of the possibilities that our self-aware brains can provide the planet Earth.
            For those of you who still aren’t convinced and sold on skipping out on the shark-fin soup the next time you step foot in a Han-populated country, shark fin soup is detrimental to your health. So for your own sake, try your best to resist it.

For further reading:

http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/news-events/press-releases/2012/neurotoxins-in-shark-fins-a-human-health-concernImage

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