Four rare animal species that could be saved if China stops eating them

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  1. gregm

    gregm Gold Member

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    Um, food for thought? :rolleyes:

    This week, China’s top legislature is considering a law that makes dining on endangered animals a crime punishable with prison. It’s an important move given that the country is home to about a tenth of the world’s vertebrate species, which includes some 420 endangered animal breeds. The current law bars hunting endangered species but not buying or eating them, so there’s a big black market. The proposed new law would penalize those activities with up to 10 years in jail.

    http://qz.com/202752/four-rare-animal-species-that-could-be-saved-if-china-stops-eating-them/
     
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    BTW, don't forget that sharks are on their way to extinction in the world's oceans, due to the demand for shark-fin soup.
     
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    sadly I don't see anything changing as the eating of these animals isn't really about taste, it is about the purported health benefits of consuming the animal. That is tradition going back MANY MANY years in their culture, which will be very tough to eliminate. Of course they'll be forced to change but only because the animal is extinct.
    speaking of not tasting good.
     
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    You're absolutely right, Sweet Willie! As a recreational scuba diver, I'm very concerned about the health of the world's oceans. IMHV, the appetite for dishes such as shark's fin soup, in the absence of sustainable sea farming, are helping to destroy the health of all the oceans.
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    oceans are also under attack from the methods used to catch seafood as well as the increase in acidity & temp of the oceans. http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/22/world/oceans-overfishing-climate-change/index.html
    If anyone doesn't believe that ocean stocks are on the decline, one simply has to look at where fishing was once done & why it isn't done there anymore or the species sought has changed. Ask why.

    There are sustainable seafood shops in larger metro areas, here is one in the Chicago area: http://dirksfish.com/ While prices are higher, the seafood sold is all sustainable. Plus a good fish monger is like a good butcher, they'll fill you in on what they see as being the best & ways to prepare. Places like Dirk's frequently will offer cooking classes. (I've actually attended a couple).
     
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