I haven't blogged about it here at all (yet) but animal torture should concern us all. Animals are sentient creatures. They are not inferior because they don't speak or look or act or function like a human. How can we be silent about certain slaughtering practices (see cattle exports from Oz to Indonesia, for example), the extraction of bear bile, or the little known shark fin industry?
Watch a snippet of Gordon Ramsay's documentary about the shark fin soup industry. Shark fin soup is a Chinese delicacy reserved for special occasions. It's an old popular dish passed down throughout generations and is hailed for its unique texture. In Chinese society, shark fin soup is a symbol of affluence and high status. Unfortunately, there are heinous practices involved in the sea to soup process. It's a real eye-opener and I applaud Ramsay.