Nurse Shark Escapes the Butcher Knife
A Guangzhou restaurant has invited more than 70 clients to dine on a nurse shark. Now the shark is kept for ornamental usage instead. (Dayoo.com)
Thanks to the efforts of some outraged environmentalists, the local Department of Fishery Administration held an inspection of a Guangzhou restaurant yesterday (March 18) that had invited more than 70 clients to dine on a nurse shark. The animal was locked up for safekeeping and later the "banquet" was canceled, according to the restaurant. They said the shark would not be eaten, but kept for ornamental usage instead.
Restaurant says shark is for 'ornamental' use now
The restaurant declared that the nurse shark was bought from the local Huangsha Aquatic Product Market and cost over 60 thousand yuan. The environmentalists could recover the shark, but it would cost them 130 thousand yuan, which would cover fees for transportation, feeding and labor, as well as make up the business' lost profits.
Overseas Chinese donates 10 thousand yuan to free captive animal
Mr. Zhang, an overseas Chinese, called the Guangzhou Aquatic Wildlife Protection Center and claimed he was willing to donate 10 thousand yuan for the release of the nurse shark. "I hope that the animal can be saved through our efforts," said Zhang.
Guangzhou Ocean World offers free medical service for the shark
Due to a lack of quality water and food, the wounded nurse shark is now in declining health. Li Chengtang, a curator from Guangzhou Ocean World, said that free medical assistance for the shark will be made available if necessary. He also said, "We are not going to buy the nurse shark. The average market price for this shark is about 10 thousand yuan, but the restaurant has raised the price for commercial profit."
Now the shark is still in its little pool, waiting to go back to the sea.
Environmentalists send a petition to the restaurant. (Dayoo.com)
"Send it home!" Protestors stand in front of the restaurant and demand that the killing be stopped. (Dayoo.com)
(by Carrot Chan, Stephen Roach)
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