The truth behind Shark Week.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 6, 2011
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Gordon Ramsay on Shark Fin soup.

“In 2006, 75% of Chinese didn’t know that sharks were killed to make shark fin soup. But now, 91% of Chinese support a nationwide ban, thanks to activism work by Yao Ming and others.” (

Costa Rica. China. Taiwan. On our plates.

Why do you eat shark fin soup? It’s delicious. Never. Tradition. Gold mine. Just the fins. I’m a businessman. I know this is legal. 800 hooks. Babies before given chance to reproduce. Indiscriminate. Shark Trust.

Good for him…and yet, any of this could be applied to our eating of cows or chickens, let alone pigs or foie gras, no?

Gordon Ramsay from his special “Shark Bait”, he tries Shark Fin Soup in Taiwan! This is a must see clip! We donate a portion of all app sales to help saving our oceans and stoping this kind of abuse. You can help, donate here,


Update: Consumption of shark fin in China dropped by 50-70% in the last 2 years due to aggressive animal rights campaigns.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “The truth behind Shark Week.”

  1. yogi tobye says:

    Strange that i can turn on the tv and watch channel 4 as it's domestic… but youtube have blocked my country from watching the video….

  2. Donie Lee says:

    It's not quite the same as cows, chickens and pigs. Shark populations are rapidly being decimated right now because of the demand for shark fin soup. They are a vital part of the ecosystem and without them our oceans are in serious trouble.

  3. Guest says:

    It is exactly the same as cows, chickens and pigs. The only difference is that humans are literally manufacturing cows, chickens and pigs. They are all living beings and just as important. All this for human taste buds.

  4. Jenifer says:

    it is the manufacturing that makes the difference. i could imagine that if sharks were able to be manufactured, we wouldn't have the issue of this particular decimation of the population and the ecosystem to boot.

    of course, we would have *other* problems, that all kinds of agriculture (eg, including the manufacture of plants) create — it does *massively* affect ecosystems.

    the farming that seems to work well — mixed organic/permaculture pastoralism and agriculture. Polyface farm is a good example — among many others. Many biodynamic farms do a great job as well with protecting as much local diversity as well as a diverse production of foodstuffs.

    But, even that has an impact.

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  7. Jonathan Waller says:

    If we didn't eat them there would be no cows, pigs sheep etc…. and yes people could use them for other reasons. milk wool etc…. but milk is bad for humans and hey it's all exploitation of animals right? I suppose some people would keep them as pets? But then they would suffer the same issues of specialised breeding that make most breed of pedigree dogs suffer!
    So really if we stop "exploiting" farmed animals… they will become extinct!