China losing appetite for shark fin delicacy

For restaurant owners in Beijing and Hong Kong shark fin trade has become less profitable.

    China appears to be losing its appetite for shark fin, a delicacy served at state functions, weddings and business dinners as a sign of wealth and prosperity.

    A government ban on the controversial delicacy at state banquets and official functions last year is now being adopted by restaurants and hotels.

    Scientists estimate 100 million sharks were killed for their fins last year earning the trade more than a billion dollars.

    Al Jazeera's Craig Leeson reports from Beijing.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.