Shark fin soup is a Chinese delicacy dating back thousands of years. Cartilage from the shark fin is used to add texture to a soup flavoured with chicken or pork broth. Shark Fin Soup became a status symbol, served as a sign of wealth, and to show respect for guests and friends. It is now common at weddings, banquets, and business dinners throughout much of Asia. Unfortunately, many consuming shark fin soup are unaware of where the ingredients come from, the practice of finning, or the importance of sharks. The high price of fins has fueled a trade that reaches around the globe, leaving no coastline or island untouched.