Shark Fin Soup: An Apology
Two separate mentions of shark fin soup in our October issue drew a wave of letters from readers criticizing a dish that has helped contribute to the dangerous depopulation of sharks in the world's seas. We agree with our readers and deeply apologize for the oversight. We at Condé Nast Traveler do not condone the practice of cutting the fins of sharks and tossing the live animal back into the sea to die. Nor do we support the massive overfishing, poaching, and pollution that has put this ancient and unfairly demonized creature on the brink of extinction.
The good news, as our readers demonstrated, is that people are starting to be educated. Looking for more information? The documentary Sharkwater is a great place to start.