Text of Dr Giam’s speech at ISEAS on 16th Feb 2012

Shark fin soup Also helps the Poor

 ‘’Each year, 73 million sharks are killed primarily for their fins to feed our increasing hunger for sharks fin soup.’’ WWF Singapore

‘Humans kill 100 million sharks a year …and for what?  Shark fins for a tasteless bowl of soup.’ Another wildlife organization

The basis for these statements originates from unknown sources, are magnified and reproduced ad nauseam. No data is given to support this. By repetition and media advertorials, the world is misled into believing that –

  • 73 million sharks are killed specifically for their fins
  • Most of the fins are cruelly taken from  live sharks

Both these statements are untrue. The truth is –

  1. 80% of sharks are accidentally caught
  2. Most fins are humanely taken from landed, dead sharks
Please read the contents of Dr Giam’s speech and decide for yourself if we should continue eating sharks and their fins, or if we should stop doing so because of misinformation.

This is the full text of the speech by Dr Giam, in Microsoft Word DOCx format :-

Shark fin soup Also helps the Poor

Dr Giam’s presentation in PowerPoint format :-

Shark’s fin soup Also helps the Poor ##

## This link is best viewed online using a computer installed with the Microsoft PowerPoint app, or after downloading the file, running it on a PC or MAC installed with the PowerPoint app. Alternatively, this PPT file can also be run directly from Skydrive. (may sometimes be slow, and have to wait awhile for the file transfer to complete, before the image appears on the computer screen).

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3 Responses to Text of Dr Giam’s speech at ISEAS on 16th Feb 2012

  1. cc chia says:

    After reading Dr Giam’s speech in detail, I find that there is more reason to continue eating seafood and all types of fish, including sharks and sharks fin.

    Perhaps I shall think twice about eating veal and goose foie gras due to the extreme cruelty in treating those animals. We should also consider not eating sushi and sashimi from Blue Fin Tuna and caviar from sturgeons, as these fish (unlike sharks) are now seriously endangered due to overfishing and perhaps are on the brink of extinction.

  2. Di Wang says:

    Sharks don’t have scales. They are unclean.

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