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Please join us in persuading New York City restaurants and fish markets to stop selling shark meat, especially the Chinese so called delicacy Shark Fin Soup, which is served in over 50 restaurants in New York City alone. We, and many other environmentally conscious New Yorkers, feel strongly that serving Shark Fin Soup in US restaurants, where the practice of shark finning is banned, is a moral contradiction to our shared goal of protecting the environment. We therefore urge that restaurants start taking an ethical stand and accept full responsibility for what they are serving to customers by eliminating this one dish from their menu. We are confident that with continued community outreach programs and education on this urgent matter that the demand for Shark Fin Soup in local communities, like China Town and in all of NYC restaurants and markets will diminish. With the dangerous reality of overfishing and the cruel methods if finning by fishermen around the globe, it is only too clear that Shark Fin Soup on menus is an unnecessary and ethically irresponsible dish. Please join us in signing the petition below. Let's get shark off our menus and out of our fish markets!
We have come to the conclusion that serving Shark Fin Soup, a supposedly Asian delicacy, at your establishment in a first rate city like New York is totally unacceptable. As environmentally concerned New Yorkers, we are strongly urging local restaurants to come together for a TOTAL BAN on Shark Fin Soup, which is the reason why so many endangered sharks are suffering a slow and cruel death as outlined in more detail on the attached document.
You may not be aware that Shark Finning is a horrible practice. That is why we are reaching out to tell you that populations of tiger, bull, dusky and other sea sharks have plummeted by more than 95% since the 1970s, according to an expert from the World Conservation Union. Shark species face extinction amid overfishing and appetite for fins.
With the increasing demand from customers on the ethical treatment of animals for food, we scratch our heads on kind of restaurant can serve this deadly dish? That is why our ardent group of local professionals and concerned citizens is planning a city wide protest on restaurants that serve Shark Fin Soup.
On behalf of so many environmentally conscious customers, it is our request that you remove this item from your menu immediately. We will be calling you in a few days to make sure you have received this letter, and to obtain your response. We are sincerely hoping you will join is in saving the sharks on our planet.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please don%u2019t hesitate to call us at 917.553.3380. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
NEW YORKERS AGAINST SHARK FINNING