Ocean lovers and those that love Shark Week, you might want to sit down for this. Japan Airlines is apparently serving shark fin soup in its First Class lounges—the dish is popular in China and at one time, only a few could afford it; now the soup is available for many more people who can afford it.
A member of the website Loyalty Lobby recently ran across something that horrified them while traveling through Tokyo. They found a sign in the Japan Airlines First Class lounge advertising shark fin soup. Apparently, the airline is serving the soup in the lounge.
Shark fin soup is popular in China—and the description on the advertisement notes that as well, describing it as “Chinese-style soup with ginger accents in Oyster sauce base.” The soup was first actually created for Chinese aristocracy in the 14th century; it was rare and expensive to have it thanks to the difficulty in catching sharks. But now that fishing methods have developed with technology, the dish isn’t all that expensive anymore, meaning everyone has access to it. But the problem is that shark fin soup kills about 100 million sharks every year, as they’re pulled out of the water, the fin removed, and the shark thrown back in to die.
Unfortunately, demand for this soup continues to grow in China—and Japan Airlines is probably making the issue worse by allowing it to be served in First Class lounges, even though many hotels have banned it from their restaurants.
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