22 Sep '11, 7pm

Yao Ming urges Chinese to give up shark fin soup

Yao Ming urges Chinese to give up shark fin soup

SHANGHAI: Basketball star Yao Ming and British entrepreneur Richard Branson on Thursday launched a campaign urging Chinese to stop eating shark fin soup to help save the predators. Shark fins are used in a thick soup that is viewed as a delicacy by Chinese people and served at luxury restaurants in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The method of shark-finning - slicing off the fins of live animals and then throwing them back in the water to die - is condemned by animal rights campaigners and blamed by scientists for a worldwide collapse in populations. The campaign, launched in Shanghai, includes advertisements featuring the two celebrities and a website for people to make an online pledge to stop eating the soup, said the organiser, international conservation group WildAid. Yao, who retired from the sport in July but remains one of China's biggest sporting names, made a pledge...

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