Bite-Back is calling upon its supporters to help compile a definitive list of British restaurants making a killing out of shark fin soup. Already the charity knows of more than 70 restaurants that feature the controversial dish on menus but it expects that number to rise to 100 in the coming weeks.
Now Bite-Back is urgently asking shark fans to report shark sightings in their neighbourhood by letting them know wherever they’ve spotted shark fin soup for sale.
Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “This is the first step in an ambitious programme to end the sale of shark fin soup in the UK. If people really care about the future survival of sharks then this simple request will be enthusiastically taken up. We just need everyone to make a real effort to investigate restaurants in their neighbourhood for shark fin soup and then report it via this web site.”
Already Bite-Back has created a Shark Sighting Map of Britain that exposes all the establishments currently selling shark fin soup.
Graham Buckingham added: “Too many people believe the problem of shark fishing has nothing to do with Britain but that’s simply not the truth. Not only does the UK have a number of licensed shark fishing boats, it also has a thriving business in retail of shark fin soup, the number one cause for the hunt and slaughter of millions of sharks every year.”
The charity argues that the inclusion of shark fin soup on menus has gone unchallenged for too long and promises crucial campaign updates on Facebook and twitter in the coming weeks.