22 Sep '11, 10am

Yao Ming, Branson join to fight shark fin trade

Yao Ming, Branson join to fight shark fin trade

Yao and British tycoon Richard Branson made an appeal on Thursday in Shanghai against eating shark fins, which are a staple of high-class Chinese banquets, to a group of 30 of China's richest and most influential businesspeople. -- PHOTO: AP SHANGHAI (AP) - Recently retired Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is taking the fight against eating shark fins back to his homeland, where demand for the traditional delicacy is soaring despite efforts to ban their use and trade. Yao and British tycoon Richard Branson made an appeal on Thursday in Shanghai against eating shark fins, which are a staple of high-class Chinese banquets, to a group of 30 of China's richest and most influential businesspeople. 'When demand happens, the buying happens and the killing happens,' said Yao. He says he is using his post-retirement free time to campaign against the slaughter of 1.5 million sharks a week ...

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