The Food Network Pledges to Stop Serving Shark
This summer has been a bit of a boon for shark-conservation efforts. Those of us in San Francisco have seen ads featuring Yao Ming saying "no" to shark-fin soup, and the Discovery Channel’s 24th Shark Week was a huge ratings success, thanks in part to its comedian host, Andy Samberg.
All the media attention seems to be paying off: Last week, the Food Network announced that it'll remove all shark-fin recipes from its databases in response to a Change.org petition. The petition, started in late July by conservationist Jessica Belsky, noted that a third of shark species are in danger of extinction, and "we have no business eating these threatened swimmers."
It's remarkable that an entirely grassroots message from regular people on an activist website sparked the network's decision, a good reminder of how big numbers of little people really can make a difference. Citizen power!