We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

A Late Comment on Shark Fin Bans

by nobody Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM

A response to an article in Salon, from last year, about the shark fin ban.

Not having paid attention to the issue of the California shark fin soup ban, I was catching up, and thought that Salon would have a good article about the whole shark-fin-ban-racist story, and they did. Lam's article is subtle and ends intelligently: it's true - why is shark fin being singled out, when a moderate regulation on beef, chicken, and some other fishes, would probably have greater impact?

It's obvious that it's easier to attack an uncommon practice than a common one. Within the American context, the ban isn't racist, but banning this one uncommon dish, while ignoring the larger issues of more popular meats, shows a lack of political courage, and weakness in leadership, and is a bit racist.

But, what is really racist are these numerous comments, some by alleged "liberals" or tolerant people, and many by anti-liberals and racism-baiters. And the fact that there's little objection seems to indicate that even among the genteel Salon readership, hatred of Asians is acceptable.

Also, there's a considerable amount of ignorant cultural chauvanism on display here, even among those who have tried shark fin. The reason why shark fin is savored isn't its flavor, but its texture. It has no flavor, but it has the texture of delicate cartilage.

Let's consider for a moment how many pounds of delicious chicken cartilage are disposed of in America daily. It's a terrible waste of a very good part of the chicken, Very few Americans even know it can be eaten. I'm sure some think it's disgusting to eat it, but they're wrong. It's an interesting and tasty part of the chicken.

There are other parts we don't eat, but could eat, like the comb, the wing tips, the feet, the spine, and the neck bones. We just waste these parts (or sell them to the Chinese, who appreciate them).

We consume (in the US, not worldwide) 60 pounds of chicken (meat) per person, per year. If we assume 3 pounds of meat per bird, and 300 million people, we're looking at a whopping 6 billion chickens per year. Let's compare:

6,000,000,000 US chicken consumption per year

73,000,000 global shark kills per year

For every shark killed on Earth, around 80 chickens are killed in the US.

Both are serious problems, but Americans have the power to reduce chicken consumption by eating less chicken. We can use more of the chicken, by eating more bones, cartilage, and odd bits like feet and combs. We can eat the skin, and eat smaller portions, for the same caloric intake.

So, yes, let's ban the shark fin soup... but if you can't stop eating the chicken salad, fried chicken, and bbq chicken... you really have no moral platform on which to stand and advocate for the ban.

Report this post as:

© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy