Controversy behind shark fin soup ban

Shark fin soup is a popular soup item of Chinese cuisine usually served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets, or as a luxury item in Chinese culture.

What is the controversy behind the world’s most expensive soup?


Scientists estimate the global shark fin trade kills between 26 million and 73 million sharks a year.

What does Shark Fin Soup taste like?


In shark fin soup, the fins themselves are virtually tasteless. The taste comes from the soup, while the fins are valued for their texture. In Asian cuisine texture is prized as much as taste.

What does the State of California Senate think?


The California Senate passed legislation Tuesday, September 6, 2011, that would ban the trade, sale and possession of shark fins.


If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the measure, California will be the fourth state in the U.S. to ban shark fin imports. Hawaii, Oregon and Washington already have done so.


These bowls of soup can sell for up to $100 per bowl. While the U.S. only consumes a small portion of the world’s shark fins, California boasts two of the largest Asian food markets out of Asia and consumes far more shark products than other states.

What does famous chef Gordon Ramsey think?

Here is his reaction on YouTube.

What do you think? Should this dish be banned?



Other communities in Canada are thinking about adding legislation similar to these states.

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog,