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Awareness towards the protection of sharks and the problematic consumption of shark's-fins was brought lately by politician Ding Liguo. Whether or not governmental employees will restrain themselves from consuming this delicacy, the public shows greater curiosity towards the extravagancy of officials than to the ecological factor.

全国人大(National People's Congress)代表丁立国(Ding Liguo)联合30多位人大代表提案[1],要求出台禁止公务宴请[2]食用[3]鱼翅[4]规定。近日,相关负责人表示有望在三年内发文规定公务接待不得食用鱼翅。

这30位代表之所以提出此提案,是出于对当下生态危机[5]的忧虑[6],希望通过公务人员以身作则[7]带动全社会保护鲨鱼[8]。在全世界范围内,吃鱼翅越来越成为不文明的象征[9]。从联合国(UN)到日本(Japan)、阿根廷(Argentina)、乌拉圭(Uruguay)、加拿大(Canada)、马来西亚(Malaysia)等等国家,都出台了法规严控鱼翅消费和鲨鱼捕杀[10]。

公众不确定鱼翅消费占到公务消费的比例[11]是多少,但是公务人员最好是吃不起这样的天价[12]菜肴的。

Ding Liguo, representative of the People's Congress, allied with 30 other representatives, submitted a motion that demands the prohibition of consuming shark's-fin as a culinary delicacy in events of government employees. In the past few days, persons in charge reported that they hope that within three years there will be a regulation not to serve shark's-fin in events of officials.

This proposal of 30 representatives reflects a concern towards the current ecological crisis. They hope that through the example they serve, government employees will bring about awareness to protect sharks to the entire society. On the global level, eating fins becomes a symbol of uncivilized behavior. The UN has encouraged Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada and Malaysia and other countries, where there are new regulations that supervise consumption of shark's-fins and killing of sharks.

The public does not really know what is the proportion that shark's-fins occupy within the consumption expenses of government employees, but it would be better if they could not afford this kind of high-price dish.  

Original article published by 钱江晚报

[1] 提案 - Motion

[2] 宴请 - Entertain for dinner

[3] 食用 - Consume as food

[4] 鱼翅 - Shark's-fin

[5] 生态危机 - Ecological crisis

[6]忧虑 - Concern

[7] 以身作则 - Set an example

[8] 鲨鱼 - Shark

[9] 象征 - Symbol

[10]捕杀 - Hunt, kish

[11] 比例 - Ratio, proportion

[12] 天价 - 'Sky price', very expensive



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