This publicity stunt for ACRES' shark-saving campaign left a STOMPer with a bad taste in his mouth. He feels that the whole activity was terribly wasteful and made little sense.
Here's what the unhappy STOMPer wrote in an email today (Oct 4):
"I saw ACRES doing a demonstration outside Plaza Singapura today. They are known to have very striking demonstrations but I think this latest one is in very bad taste.
"They were encouraging passers-by to come into a booth to smash china bowls, and then they used the bowl fragments to create a shark. This was to tell people that with less bowls to serve sharks fin soup we will have more sharks remaining.
"I think their correlation of cause and effect is very flawed. Just because we smash bowls doesn't mean shark hunting will stop. Furthermore this is plain wastage.
"All the bowls could have been given to charity instead of being wasted here. What kind of message are they trying to send?
"Given the current global emphasis on ISO14001, conservation of resources and stopping wastage, I hope all agencies supporting ACRES will stop to consider what they have done today."
Nothing much to say in response to this post, but this person's main points are somewhat addressed in my own post on this event.