Get Shark Fin Off the Menu @ Golden Lotus Restaur.
Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort prides itself on a menu which features numerous Shark Fin dishes. Shark Fin is considered a delicacy in Chinese culture because it is believed that since sharks appear hardy and resilient, these qualities can be transfered to a human if consumed. This is a MYTH and has no basis in science. While they have been demonized by media, sharks are known to kill only 5 humans per year - by accident. They do not seek humans blood and are not evil. Sharks are very intelligent creatures and are a central link in the food chain. Their role significantly impacts the earth, the stability of the entire marine ecosystem, and our oxygen supply. However, over 100 million sharks are killed each year for human consumption. Shark populations have declined by 90%, and the multi-billion dollar industry continues to grow. They are being driven to extinction. Fishermen use knives to rip off all the fins and then throw the carcass overboard. The shark is most often still alive when it is tossed back and can take several days to die, in agony. Any shark is taken-regardless of age, size, or species. Shark finning is widespread, and largely unmanaged and unmonitored. Shark finning has increased over the past decade due to the increasing demand. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost. They are being harvested faster than their reproductive abilities can replenish their populations. Shark finning violates the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and is contrary to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's International Plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. If you are a resident of the Niagara area or visit the casino, especially, PLEASE sign. Golden Lotus is contributing to the extinction of sharks, and we are condoning it. This is tantamount to having your hands and feet cut off while fully conscious and then being left to die, all for the greed of others. Fallsview Casino is an icon of Niagara Falls, and as a resident, I feel I have blood on my hands. Tell the casino you want Shark Fin off the menu.