Just watched an interesting Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling special on CNN. There was an investigation on Shark fishing in international water and the technique of Long Lining. Hundreds of thousands of sharks are being slaughtered (in many cases de-finned and then left for dead on the bottom of the ocean floor.) for the sake of Sharks Fin Soup. Hundreds of thousands of fins end up in Asia, esp. Taiwan to feed our thirst for this ancient delicacy. It is not illegal and the mere practice of shark's fin soup should not be condemned, but what started out as a rare and expensive delicacy has become an everyday inexpensive common menu item. I think we should all as foodies, be able to control our appetites on certain things and maintain sustainability.
I know that I myself will not be having shark's fin soup anytime soon, until I can be certain that conditions have improved for the shark population.