In his San Francisco report, Senor Hound singles out a dish of sharks fin for specific praise. Sharks fin, of course, can taste very good indeed. But the ``harvesting'' of sharks fin is one of the most ecologically disastrous practices in the world--wild sharks are basically stripped of their fins and thrown overboard to die. Because of this, dozens of shark species have essentially become extinct. I'm not one to get worked up about animal rights or anything, and I cheerfully eat more than my share of foie gras and rabbit kidneys, roast veal and bleeding chunks of cow, but regular old fish maw soup is plenty good enough for me.