Commend Officials for Shark Fin Bust

Shark fin soup

Target: Lt. Patrick Foy of California Fish and Wildlife

Goal: Commend officials for shark fin bust in San Francisco

More than a ton of shark fins were confiscated from a vendor in a recent bust in San Francisco. A ban that went into effect in July 2013 prevents the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within California. This new rule has sparked outrage among the Asian community, but its implementation is crucial to saving the shark population. The officials in this bust should be commended for their efforts.

Michael Kwong, 42, was cited for possessing 2,138 pounds of shark fins. Violating the shark fin ban is a misdemeanor, and Kwong will be facing a judge to determine his penalty. A recent investigation into a restaurant selling shark fin soup in Emeryville, California led investigators to Kwong, who no doubt supplied the restaurant with shark fins. Kwong is also very outspoken against the ban on shark fins in California, and is a member of a Chinese-American group who sued to challenge the constitutionality of the ban.

It is estimated that 73 million sharks are killed each year for just their fins. The sharks are caught, their fins are cut off, and then they are released back into the ocean. This practice leaves many sharks dead. The ban was instituted because of a concern about the shark population, which is dwindling. Other laws, like Australia’s policy of killing large sharks found within beaches, do not help their numbers either.

Punishing those who continue to sell and possess shark fins sends a clear message about the state’s concern over the shark population. The shark population is still declining despite these recent measures, and it will take years for their numbers to come back. Officials involved in this bust should be commended as they are helping to curb the demand for shark fin soup.


Dear Lt. Patrick Foy,

I am writing this letter to commend you and other officials involved in the bust of Michael Kwong. I understand that this man possessed a massive amount of shark fins – an astounding 2,138 pounds worth. I understand that possessing and selling shark fins is illegal in California, as the method of obtaining shark fins is making the shark population dwindle. I know that this ban is meant to stop the demand for the soup and you are aiding with this course of action.

While I understand that this dish is an ethnic cuisine, and the Asian community is outraged by the ban, the sharks’ well being should come first. After all, if all of the sharks disappear from our planet, shark fin soup will disappear with it. I am grateful that California has organizations who believe in protecting sharks’ numbers, and I hope you will continue to strive for conservation of all our planet’s resources.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Audrey via Wikimedia

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  1. Let’s hope for maximum sentence in this case. If some “ethnic cuisine” gets modified because of murdering fewer innocent animals, too bad. (Let them eat cake – or maybe vegetable soup.)

  2. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you!

  3. Great job, well done. You should be proud for doing the right thing. Thank you.

  4. it must have been sickening the amount of this stuff, god bless how many sharks had to die for this, pitiful, greed, hope it choked them. but a huge thank you to you. keep up the good work, shame there is work to do.

  5. I don’t want to think how many sharks had to die to get 2,138 lbs of fins. This amoral POS Michael Kwong needs to rot in prison for the rest of his life. Anyone that full of himself, and so uncaring, deserves nothing less.

    Thank you, Lt. Patrick Foy and Co for your hard work.

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