Re: "Why would anyone eat shark-fin soup?", Letters, April 30.
Shark-fin soup is a popular delicacy in Chinese cuisine, having been served since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is a traditional dish served at important occasions such as weddings and important business deal. Shark-fin soup to the Chinese is like foie gras to the French.
Preaching animal cruelty and the food chain being destroyed won’t work. The Chinese don’t care. The only way to make them quit eating shark fins is to generate news that shark fins cause the penis to shrink and eventually disappear. Get four or five guys to give testimonial about their penchant for the soup, and how their genitals are getting smaller or vanishing entirely. That, I’m sure, will make the soup taste sour.