Most of us have used GrubHub or one of its subsidiaries, Seamless, All Menus, and Menu Pages, at some point in our lives. Whether you’re craving pizza, Chinese food, Thai food, or a late night sub, chances are you’ll be able to find what you want on any one of the previously mentioned sites. One dish you probably never expected to find on GrubHub? Shark fin soup.
Shark fin soup, a popular dish at weddings and banquets in China, is a symbol of wealth in China and other parts of Asia. Its demand skyrocketed and illegal poaching increased by shocking numbers as China’s economic growth made this ‘delicacy’ more accessible to the middle class. Shark fin soup has been associated with a variety of benefits from increased virility to longer life. However, as the fin is purely cartilage, it has zero nutritional value.
According to WildAid, the trade in shark fins has led to the decline in some shark populations by up to 98% in the last 15 years. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year with up to 73 million used for their fins. Poachers hunt sharks, cut off their fins, and having no use for their meat, throw them back into the ocean, usually still alive. Without its fins the shark simply sinks to the bottom of the ocean where it suffocates and dies.
China’s consumption of shark fin soup has been declining rapidly these past few years as young Chinese become more environmentally conscious and government campaigns pledging to ban shark fin soup from official banquets have been implemented. However, the fight to spread awareness and completely eliminate this cruel practice isn’t over.
Apparently, GrubHub doesn’t care about the exploitation of these majestic creatures as they still offer shark fin soup on their menus, despite Oceana and its supporters urging them to stop. Actress January Jones is a celebrity advocate for Oceana, the largest international organization focused entirely on ocean conservation. She wrote an article on Huffington Post, urging people to spread awareness of GrubHub’s practices by donating a Tweet, Facebook or Tumblr post on Thunderclap that tells GrubHub to remove shark fin soup from the menu.
You can sign up and join the campaign on Thunderclap till 12 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Then, on January 28 at noon, an automated post will be sent via the social media account you signed up with, urging GrubHub to take shark fins off the menu.
Reading this article after the deadline? Continue to spread awareness by sharing this article (below) or by writing a letter directly to GrubHub.