Thursday, October 20th, 2011
A few of our NUSPEACE members and Project: FIN members participated in the event ‘Save the Planet, Cherish Our Health’ organized by the Yuhua Community Club last Saturday, 15 October. Together with several organizations/groups, our common purpose is to educate the public on importance of maintaining sustainability. It also marked our first collaboration with Project: FIN!
Project: FIN is a member of the Global Shark Initiative which works closely with many NGOs around the world, with an aim to bring down the consumption of shark’s fins by spreading awareness to consumers and businesses. http://www.facebook.com/groups/271905012232/
At the booth, through getting the public to sample the mock shark’s fins (made of konnyaku) with vegan soup and carrying out a survey to gauge their level of understanding towards the issue of shark finning and consumption of shark’s fins, we realized that most of the elderly are totally unaware of the negative impacts of shark finning on our ecosystem and the consumption of shark’s fins on human health. Also, majority of those interviewed are unaware of the cruel slaughtering process of the sharks!
However, it is encouraging to find that some of them had heard about the cruelty of shark finning from their friends and families, and hence stopped eating shark’s fins! Therefore, we took this valuable opportunity to explain to the public on the complications of shark finning that result in depletion of sharks in the ecosystem. Like most of us, many were shocked to find out that shark’s fins actually contain mercury that can cause extensive damage to the human body!
After sampling the mock shark’s fins ourselves, I must say that it really tastes as good as the real one! Shark’s fins are usually one of the dishes served in banquets, weddings or other celebrations, but honestly, I find that there is no point in slaughtering sharks for their fins since it is tasteless and the fact that we can make it from cheaper and healthier ingredients.
We hope that the event has benefited those who came to visit the booth and also helped to pass the message of saying NO to shark fin soup! We will be collaborating with Project: FIN again for future events, so do look out for it!:D