05 Feb '11, 3am

Shark's fin slowly disappearing from menus

LONDON - In the heart of London's Chinatown, the air is thick with the sound of Chinese dialects and the sweet smell of roasting duck. At the Golden Pagoda, shark's fin is on the menu in soups with crab meat and chicken, at £6.60 ($13.60) a bowl. At Loon Tao, it's £10.50. It's a traditional delicacy and you might think little will change, even as conservationists focus on the cruelty and the threat to sharks of slicing off fins. You would be wrong. "We've taken it off the menu," says Wong Yip Cheong, manager at the Golden Dragon, pointing to a sticker plastered across the soup section: "Save the shark: This item is no longer available." Next door, at the Royal Dragon, shark's fin is still available, for now. "I hope we will take if off the menu," says Pan Wyn, a supervisor. Why? "It's cruel to sharks." The website of Royal China, with outlets in Britain, China, Singapore a...

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