MJ and I recently watched a documentary where fishermen sliced off the fins of sharks, then tossed the bodies back into the sea to drown. The brutal practice of shark finning is fueled by the high price that Chinese restaurants can charge for shark fin soup: $30 to $40 per small bowl.
Outraged, MJ resolved to never drink this popular Asian delicacy again. I agreed.
A few months ago, MJ and I attended my cousin Ray's wedding, where they served shark fin soup. It didn't look exactly like this:
Despite insistences from my relatives to "eat it, it's good for you", MJ politely yet firmly refused to drink the soup.
Bravo, MJ! I'm proud of you for standing up against shark finning.
What did I do? I'm embarrassed to say I caved to peer pressure and finished my bowl.
But from now on, I will follow MJ's example and skip the shark fin soup. I will listen to Sherman the Shark: