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Shark’s Fin, Whale Meat and the Questionable Ethics of Taste


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Source: The Wall Street Journal (Scene Asia blog)

Author: Adam Liaw

July 19, 2012

"Whether it’s drowning a tiny ortolan in Armagnac, live-filleting fish for Japanese ikizukuri or dunking shrimps in alcohol before eating them alive for Shanghainese zui xia, the history of food is peppered with acts of cruelty. The idea of eating something esoteric or exotic has titillated diners since the beginnings of gastronomy – but are these delicacies really all about taste?

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