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Campaign against shark fin dishes launched in Shanxi

By Ma Xi (People's Daily Online)

16:06, January 05, 2012

A campaign of refusing fin dishes is launched in Taiyuan on Jan. 3, 2012. (People’s Daily Online)

A Chinese chain restaurant launched an anti-shark fin dishes campaign in Taiyuan, the provincial capital of Shanxi province on Jan. 3, 2012.

The chain restaurant provided 3,000 bowls of fin soup, valued at 500,000 yuan, to local residents free of charge.

It also handed out all its inventories of shark fins to local residents for free during the campaign.

It has stopped selling shark fin dishes since Jan. 3, 2012 to call for the protection of ecological environment.

According to incomplete statistics, the global annual output of fins reaches 10,000 tons, more than a half of which was consumed by Chinese.

The owner of the restaurant Shangguan Junle said since shark fin dishes was an important part of his business, he has replaced shark fin dishes with Spanish high-grade ham and European truffle.

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