12 Apr '11, 10am

Hong Kongers back weddings without shark fin soup. Do you?

Hong Kongers back weddings without shark fin soup. Do you?

Almost all shark fin soup, or 87 per cent, was consumed as part of a set menu rather than ordered individually, the survey found. -- PHOTO: AP HONG KONG - ALMOST 80 per cent of Hong Kongers now consider it socially acceptable to leave shark fin soup off the menu for a wedding banquet, a survey by a shark conservation group said Tuesday. Some 78 per cent in the south Chinese financial hub believe it is allowable not to offer the coveted fins at a wedding, a survey by the nonprofit group BLOOM said - a small sign of hope in efforts to protect the endangered fish. But the survey also showed more than 70 per cent of people in Hong Kong consumed shark fin soup, viewed by many Asians as a rare delicacy and traditionally served at wedding feasts, at least once a year. 'Our research shows that, whilst tradition is important to Hong Kong people, in reality shark fin soup won't be m...

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