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Peninsula: Shark fin soup off menu

Peninsula, a restaurant that serves Chinese and Japanese

Peninsula, a restaurant that serves Chinese and Japanese dishes, is at 55 W. Main St., Bay Shore. (Dec. 11, 2006) Photo Credit: James Carbone

After receiving dozens of phone calls from animal-rights activists, Peninsula restaurant in Bay Shore is taking shark fin soup off its Chinese New Year banquet menu.

Shark fin soup, which traditionally makes a cameo appearance for the Chinese New Year, has come under attack because the fins are harvested from live sharks that are tossed back into the ocean with no means of locomotion or defense. Although the practice is banned in U.S. waters, importing shark fins is not.

"It's the 21st century smacking into Chinese tradition," said Larry Chan, who works in the restaurant with his father. "We're going to do what's right and take it off the menu."

Chan said the banquet menu will instead feature a crabmeat-fish belly soup, another traditional Chinese soup.

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