It’s time for @starbucks to cut their ties with maxim's and the hong kong shark fin trade.
just released via @wildaid hk:
maxim's secret shark fin menus revealed, as starbucks stays silent on issue: @wildaid activists have obtained documentary evidence of shark fin being offered for sale on à la carte shark fin menus in multiple maxim's restaurants across hong kong. this is despite claims by maxim's catering limited that in 2017 it had become "the first chinese restaurant chain to completely phase out shark fin dishes from our à la carte menus; and it was completed in 2017".
further, wildaid activists found that many of the secret shark fin menus offered by maxim's are titled “the premium”, implying a coordinated effort by maxim's marketing department to promote shark fin across its many outlets. this contradicts maxim's claim that it has been “promoting shark-free menus since 2010”, as it has clearly been doing the opposite.
maxim's may have removed shark fin from their main à la carte menus, but they have made the controversial dish available on different à la carte menus usually kept under the counters at the majority of their 55 chinese restaurants in hong kong. by the use of clever wording maxim's have misled the hong kong public into believing that it phased out shark fin sales entirely in 2017.
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💕🦏 weekly field update from conservation photojournalist @paulhiltonphoto: ・・・
may, a critically endangered sumatran elephant at saree, banda aceh, sumatra, indonesia. brainstorming with @wiiiiza of @haka_sumatra and @nadyahutagalung about the future of the elephants in the leuser ecosystem. at the same time @bksdaaceh was investigating the death of a large male tusker in east aceh. sadly the domestic demand for ivory still continues, by working together, the elephants 🐘 still have a chance to remain wild, in one of the last great forest of south east asia, the leuser ecosystem where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans still run wild. link in @paulhiltonphoto’s bio for donations @wildlifeasia#saveleuserecosystem#racingextinction#cutconflictpalmoil#lovetheleuser#elliemay
Photo and text by @joelsartore // this is a northern casque-headed frog, which can be found in the coastal lowlands of southeastern brazil from southern bahia to northern são paulo. these frogs are given the name casque, which means helmet-shaped, because the skin of the head is fused to the skull. this frog is nocturnal, burrowing, and feeds on insects, worms, and other invertebrates. it breeds from june to september during the summer rainy season. the male’s call is an explosive, hoarse “wauk-wauk-wauk”. after burrowing underground, the frog sheds several layers of its epidermis to form a virtual cocoon around the entire body—reducing dehydration in the dry season. in addition, it uses its head to block the opening to its burrow, which further reduces water loss from the frog’s body, and may even protect it from some predators.
although these frogs are listed as least concern on the iucn red list, their population is declining due to habitat loss from expanding human settlements, agriculture, livestock grazing, and clear-cutting of forests.#racingextinction
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