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Chinatown Restaurant, 42-46 New City Road, Glasgow, UK

Dear Mr. Wu,

We understand that shark fin dishes are considered a true delicacy in China and form an essential part of any traditional Chinese seafood menu. However, given the questionable ethics of harvesting the required fins and the considerable waste involved, we would highlight this aspect of your menu is not to the tastes of the Scottish community.

Your restaurant is otherwise excellent and possibly the best Chinese restaurant in Glasgow in every other respect. However it is a real shame that it lets itself down on this single moral issue. Please gain the respect and custom of many local residents, who currently avoid your restaurant to avoid indirectly supporting an industry they disagree with.

We would be extremely grateful if you would consider a more modern cuisine that reflects the ethical concerns of your customers and respectfully ask you to remove all shark fin dishes from your menu.

Many thanks,

The Glaswegian and Scottish Community

Signed,

Minnie Parmiter

This petition closed 11 months ago

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Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins. The rest of the body is generally discarded in the ocean. Some countries have banned this practice. Sharks without their fins are...

Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins. The rest of the body is generally discarded in the ocean. Some countries have banned this practice. Sharks without their fins are often still alive and as they are unable to move normally, they die of suffocation or are eaten by other predators. Shark finning at sea enables fishing vessels to increase profitability and increase the number of sharks harvested, as they only have to store and transport the fins, by far the most profitable part of the shark. Shark finning has increased over the past decade largely due to the increasing demand for shark fins for shark fin soup and traditional cures, particularly in China and its territories, and as a result of improved fishing technology and market economics. The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Shark Specialist Group say that shark finning is widespread, and that "the rapidly expanding and largely unregulated shark fin trade represents one of the most serious threats to shark populations worldwide"

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