2005/06/26

Disney Scuttles Shark Fin Soup

Under continuing pressure from enviromental groups around the world, Disney has announced that it will not serve shark fin soup at its new park, Hong Kong Disneyland. Earlier this year (see my earlier post: Good News For The Pacific And Our Planet) Disney had tried to reach a compromise by promising to hand out leaflets explaining the negative impacts of the shark fin trade and to purchase shark fins from only "environmentally responsible" suppliers. It has been unable to find any such supplier.

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Walt Disney once said: "Conservation … is a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come."

The following is taken from Disney Corporation's environmental policy:

"Conservation

Promote wildlife and habitat conservation through partnerships with the scientific and academic communities, and organizations committed to preserving the earth's biodiversity. Integrate natural resource conservation in all Disney's planning, development and operations activities. Effectively plan and manage conservation lands for the preservation of native plant and animal species."

I guess the corporate suits at Disney forgot that when they saw that they could sell a of bowl of the soup for $400. Happily, there are a lot of people around the world ready to remind them of their own official policy. Corporations operate to increase their profits, but we as consumers do have the power, through our choices, to impact their bottom line and induce them to be responsible. We can make a difference.

Sharks still face pressure from overfishing for their fins and valuable cartilage, but at least Disney Hong Kong won't be adding to the problem.

One salt water.

5 comments:

The Moody Minstrel said...

Rush Limbaugh starts ranting about a potentially lucrative project being scuttled in order to please a few whackos in 3...2...1...

Rush Limbaugh said...

My good Americans, the liberals would have you believe that the natural world is finite and something mankind is hell-bent on damaging.

(voices slowly rises to a grating whine)

Nothing is farther than the truth! They are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to remove YOUR GODGIVEN right to eat shark fin soup. Who cares if little Jabberjaw has a problem with it?

Liberals hate America, they hate you, and this actually HELPS the SHARKS by weeding out the stupid ones who get caught. Everybody is a winner.

(sound of sane people vomiting)

Pandabonium said...

Thanks 'Rush'. Nothing like a little shark fin soup, some OxyContin and a Cuban cigar to top off a meal, eh?

Gack!!!!!!!!! said...

How about a tuna-free dolphin sandwich?

Pandabonium said...

Go for it "Gack!!!!!!!!". 100 times the mercury of tuna. Yum.

Tried the link - no cartoon, just a black page. What's the url?