"CHICAGO -- At Ming Hin Cuisine in Chicago's Chinatown, a giant shark fin decorates the wall in the main dining room, and shark fin soup is offered on the banquet menu for customers willing to pay the price."
"While a typical banquet might run $30 to $40 per person, adding the dish raises that cost to $80.
'It's very popular with older people, especially for wedding parties and baby showers,' said Ling Liu, the restaurant's manager. 'It's impressive.'
But that status as a delicacy has contributed to what many consider a threatened shark population across the globe. To draw attention to the issue, a study to be released Thursday shows that endangered shark species are being consumed in those soups."