|Hundreds of shark fins drying on a rooftop in Hong Kong's Western district|
"The exclusion of these... items from official menus is a start and also serves as an example of raising public education and awareness on sustainability," a government spokesman said in a press release.
Many Chinese do not know that once the fin is harvested, it will not grow back, and when the finless shark is thrown back into the water, it does a long painful death because it cannot swim properly without its fin.
|The infamous shark fin soup|
Nevertheless, the mainland beat Hong Kong on this one, but rather late than never.