Environmental Petition

German Pool HK Stop Promoting Shark Fin Soup

225 Signatures Obtained, This Campaign Was Victorious!
Declared Victory: November 04, 2020

Target: 500


Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) urges German Pool HK to remove the cooking video and all related promotional materials on shark fin and encourages German Pool HK to use its wide reputation to promote sustainability. German Pool HK has in recent months been promoting the consumption of shark fin soup via its social media channels. HKSF has expressed its concern over the promotion of shark fin in an email to German Pool HK on September 15, 2020, however, to date there has been no response and no action has been taken to remove the video. 

The consumption of shark fin is widely regarded as unsustainable and is a key driver in the declining shark population globally. Both Beijing and the Hong Kong government banned the consumption of shark fin at official functions in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Over 45 airlines have also refused to carry it. Growing numbers of businesses no longer allow shark fin at company banquets and many companies in Hong Kong have become “Shark-Free Companies” as part of HKSF’s successful “Shark-Free Company” campaign. Moreover, the public has via repeated opinion surveys indicated that consumption of shark fin is increasingly no longer a widely accepted practice. 

Petition Letter

To Dr Chan Edward Kwok Man, the Founder of German Pool Hong Kong Limited,

We would like to request that German Pool HK stop promoting the consumption of shark fins in shark fin soup as observed in the video posted as below:-

https://youtu.be/RfC1N0ZWUQQ and https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=745214296055679&_rdr

Although we recognise that the video suggests to use stockpiles rather than newly purchased shark fins, this sends a confusing message to consumers and is contrary to both public sentiment and the Beijing and HK government’s own internal policy. 

In 2012 and 2013, shark fin was banned by the governments from being served in official functions. Public opinion surveys between 2009 and 2014 on shark fin consumption in Hong Kong indicate that the consumption of shark fin is increasingly unacceptable because of the issues highlighted below. Furthermore, over 45 airlines have refused to carry shark fins and growing numbers of companies in HK now no longer allow shark fin at company banquets.

As apex predators, sharks are an important part of the marine ecosystem, however, shark populations are declining dramatically. Human activity is responsible for an estimated 100 million shark deaths globally every year. More than a quarter of global shark and ray species are threatened with extinction. One of the key drivers is the excessive demand for shark fin. 

According to German Pool Happy Kitchen, the purpose of this video is to provide a suggestion on reducing food waste. However as sharks are in many cases targeted only for their fins – via the practice of live finning, with carcasses being left to rot, this claim is clearly misleading to German Pool Hong Kong customers. It is thus extremely concerning to see multiple shark fins displayed in the video. 

Hong Kong society is now more aware of shark finning and how consumption of the fins negatively impacts global shark population and the delicate marine ecosystem. In the aforementioned public opinion survey of Hong Kong residents in 2014, over half of the respondents had reduced shark fin soup consumption and 15.8% has completely stopped eating shark fin soup. Also a growing number of cooperatives including Maxim’s group, Cathay Pacific and Shangri-La Group have pledged to say no to shark products. 

German Pool HK is well-reputed in Hong Kong’s home appliance market for its top-notch technology and high quality electrical appliances with a loyal customer base.  We thus strongly encourage German Pool HK to take the lead to promote sustainable alternatives for a better environment, rather than highlight the consumption of a species threatened with extinction and kindly remove the video posted on social media.

Thank you. 

Petition Creator

This petition was started by Hong Kong SharkFoundation 香港護鯊會 on October 19, 2020, with an end date of November 20, 2020.

HKSF exists to raise awareness about shark conservation, with particular emphasis on the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to enlist support in helping to reduce the consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.

香港護鯊會 (HKSF) 旨在提高香港人保護鯊魚的意識,了解捕鯊割翅是不可持續的生產模式,呼籲市民減少消耗鯊魚製品。