China Isn’t Feeling Shark-Fin Soup So Much Anymore

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While most major U.S. cities and municipalities have enacted bans on the sale of shark fins and the serving of shark-fin soup, things have been slower to catch on in China, where the clear and gelatinous broth is traditionally served to mark auspicious or celebratory moments. The Chinese government banned the food at state-sponsored banquets in 2012, and now official, but unreliable figures suggest consumption is down some 70 percent because the country has lost its taste for shark fins. "We are getting lots of signals that attitudes are changing and prices are dropping because people no longer want to eat shark fin soup," says an activist. [Guardian, Earlier]