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Shark fin soup

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Shark fin soup

Shark fin soup (or shark's fin soup) is a popular soup in Chinese cuisine. It is usually served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets.[1] The shark fins provide texture, while the taste comes from the other soup ingredients.[1] The soup was first mentioned centuries ago as a favorite of Chinese Emperors.[2] The soup is expensive but it has a much higher environmental cost. About 70 million sharks a year are killed for their fins.[2] Currently about 25% of sharks are threatened species.[3]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Keith Bradsher, Disneyland in China offers a soup and lands in a stew, 17 June 2005 The New York Times
  2. 2.0 2.1 Krista Mahr (9 August 2010). "Shark-Fin soup and the conservation challenge". Time Inc. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. Angie McPherson (January 2014). "New study: 1 in 4 sharks and rays threatened with extinction". National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2013.