Shark fin soup, conservation, and racism
My twitter followers weigh in on whether claims that the conservation movement's focus on shark fin soup is racism/cultural imperialism, as has often been claimed by shark fin fishermen and consumers.
- Yesterday, the San Francisco Examiner reported that the Chinatown neighborhood association filed a lawsuit against California's shark fin ban, claiming, among other things, that it discriminates against Chinese culture. I asked my twitter followers what they thought of this claim.
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:38:28California #Shark #fin ban faces lawsuit | San Francisco Examiner http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/shark-fin-ban-faces-lawsuit#.UAZYULk9xfc.facebook …r.com/local/2012/07/shark-fin-ban-faces-lawsuit#.UAZYULk9xfc.facebook Claims of "racism" resurface.
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:43:59
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:44:23Obviously the intention is conservation and not racism, but is it even a little reasonable that people would see racism in the legislation?
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:52:40
- — David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter)Wed, Jul 18 2012 08:11:49
- Many followers were immediately skeptical of the claim that opposing shark fin soup is racist, and some saw ulterior motives in such claims
- — Mathew David Clough (@Matt_Clough)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:50:30@WhySharksMatter I don't think it is done to on racial grounds, I think this is likely an excuse for it proponents to keep selling it.
- — Tommy Leung (@The_Episiarch)Wed, Jul 18 2012 08:24:20
- — stollie shark lover (@SHARKSFOREVER2)Wed, Jul 18 2012 10:52:45@WhySharksMatter absolutely not. This is an environmental issue.. Nothing more.. Ridiculous argument, calling it racist..!!
- — Cara Wilson (@Cara1069)Fri, Jul 20 2012 15:02:57@WhySharksMatter Part of my heritage is to strip naked, paint myself blue and rape, pillage and plunder every village I come across. (2)
- Several followers pointed out the difference between "race" and "culture"
- — Tommy Leung (@The_Episiarch)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:47:39
- — Calden Wloka (@CaldenWloka)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:53:56@WhySharksMatter It is as racist as any cultural issue that happens to involve a culture predominantly of one race; (1/2)
- — Mathew David Clough (@Matt_Clough)Wed, Jul 18 2012 08:23:13
- — Katie Swanson (@HandmadeKatie)Wed, Jul 18 2012 08:29:31@WhySharksMatter The thing about culture is that it isn't static. It is constantly changing based on the needs of the world and people.
- Some followers pointed out that the demand for shark fin soup comes primarily from Asians and opposition comes primarily from Westerners.
- — Glendon Mellow (@flyingtrilobite)Wed, Jul 18 2012 07:45:47@WhySharksMatter Speaking as a 1st world hetero white male, no. Eating shark fins is a cultural feature, not a racial or genetic one.
- — Glendon Mellow (@flyingtrilobite)Wed, Jul 18 2012 08:19:22
- — Michael Eisen (@mbeisen)Fri, Jul 20 2012 14:55:03.@WhySharksMatter not sure it's racist & it is right thing to do, but its success depends on taking advantage of a politically weak minority
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