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.


  1. 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.
  2. Many followers were immediately skeptical of the claim that opposing shark fin soup is racist, and some saw ulterior motives in such claims
  3. Several followers pointed out the difference between "race" and "culture"
  4. Some followers pointed out that the demand for shark fin soup comes primarily from Asians and opposition comes primarily from Westerners.