Best shark for your fin? Are you really advocating tearing off a shark's fin for use in "medicines" that are of dubious value at best? A shark can't swim after its fin has been torn off so it drowns, probably in agony. How would you like having your arm torn off and being left to die? Disgraceful.
BEST SHARK FOR YOUR FIN - 2009
114 N. Garfield Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
If you've never had the chance to sample the herbal medicine shops along Ko Shing Street in Hong Kong, two stores within a few blocks of one another in Monterey Park can show you what you're missing. Mini-chain PCT Ginseng & Herbs and family-run KCC Chinese Herbs offer traditional medicines with different approaches to customer service. At PCT, walk past the inexpensive bags of garlic peanuts and seaweed stocked by the front door and you're in a small world of herbs and roots, parts and pieces of things formerly alive. Whole dried shark fin rests in a glass jar and can be had for $40. A whole sea cucumber, used in Chinese medicine to treat everything from impotence to joint pain, costs about the same. There's a big variety of sexual enhancement medications although, for some reason, all of them are for men. Price tags and other labels are written in Chinese, though the staff speaks English well enough to guide you through the basics. Blocks away, KCC Chinese Herbs is the more doctrinaire, and more expensive, employing an expert in traditional medicine. Individualized cocktails for specific ailments can run into the hundreds of dollars, so bring a fluent Mandarin speaker. KCC has an impressive variety of affordable mushrooms and insect parts. Be sure to do your homework, and remember that with all herbal remedies, a healthy dose of skepticism may be the best remedy. PCT Ginseng & Herbs, 114 N. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park. (626) 280-1088. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. KCC Chinese Herbs, 315 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park. (626) 572-9317.—Todd Krainin
Hi guys, I'm sure that this got published out of ignorance and not spite. Shark finning is quite well known to be thinning shark populations down to unacceptable levels. Almost 100,000,000 are killed a year to keep shark-fin soup bowls full. It a huge and known issue.
Here is CNN:http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/...
Here is the Wikipedia entry:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
Maybe some kind of retraction or correction is in order?
-Christopher S. Johnson
I am outraged. I strongly oppose anything that even remotely supports shark finning. Shark finning is a wasteful and brutal practice. Even with some limited laws in place to prevent it, the demand continues and consumers perpetuate the horrific decline of shark populations. Many shark species are endangered and this is one reason why. Please do not buy shark fins and do not support businesses that sell them. Thank you.