The first absurd misconception is found in the traditional Chinese myth that shark fins are supposed to be good for your libido. Unfortunately, there is not a single shred of empirical evidence to support this myth.
The actual reality of consuming shark fins, consisting of cartilage with about the same texture and nutritional value as a human fingernail, can be harmful to the libido and the entire health of a human body. It doesn’t even add any taste to the soup in which it’s served. It is boiled for a long time in fish broth, giving it flavour and tenderising it for consumption. Otherwise, it would have the identical toughness of an old leather shoe. Hardly a delicacy, as suggested by some and indeed not a medical remedy for anything.
The problem and danger to humans are that our oceans are full of artificial pollutants, such as heavy metals. As a result, all marine animals involuntarily consume these toxins. This is dangerous for all the animals consuming it and the ecosystems they live in. For example, since the sharks generally live a relatively long life, if not prematurely killed by humans, they eat heavy metal-laden fish and end up accumulating a lot of these heavy metals in dangerously high doses in their bodies.
Humans who eat shark products regularly will ultimately accumulate too much of these harmful toxins, fall sick and be sent to an early grave in many cases.
If you are having trouble with your libido, just pop a blue pill. They work, and no sharks need to die in the production process. But, on the other hand, if you want a higher status amongst your peers and friends, do something good and great for our planet. Then, people will notice and appreciate you for your efforts.
To be absolutely clear with this message, shark products are dangerous for human consumption!
So how do we get there? How can we educate the Chinese masses on the facts that shark products are harmful to their health and that this practice is killing off all our coral reefs in the process?
The truth is, it’s tricky. This information is consciously suppressed by the people gaining enormous profits from selling their shark products to the masses. However, we must not forget that this is an industry worth several hundreds of billions $US every year, run by just a tiny band of players, who will do everything it takes to ensure that their profits are ongoing. These profiteers have massive armadas of shark fishing vessels deployed far away from Chinese waters worldwide, where they can find large quantities of sharks.