Eric Cheng

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"All for a Bowl of Soup" Dan Rather Reports on shark finning

I'm back from Papua New Guinea, and finally downloaded and watched "[All for a Bowl of Soup](," an episode of [*Dan Rather Reports*]( which aired Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8pm ET on HDNet (strangely, I had to watch iTunes' SD version of "HD"Net). "All for a Bowl of Soup" is the most no-nonsense piece I've seen about the global shark finning problem. It combines facts with awe-inspiring footage of thousands of shark fins being pulled into a single fisheries facility in a single day.

The show features my friend, [Shawn Heinrichs](, and a significant amount of his investigative footage showing huge numbers of shark fins in processing facilities, as well as footage of a live, finned shark suffocating to death. It also includes about a minute of my shark footage shot in the wild.

"All for a Bowl of Soup" hatched as a plan between me and [Derek Reich](, a freelance cameraman who does a lot of work with HDNet. We had been talking about it for awhile, but finally hashed out a proposal when we happened to both be [stranded in New York]( during Hurricane Irene last year.

If you have half an hour to spare, please [download and watch "All for a Bowl of Soup" from iTunes]( If you are moved by the piece, please [donate to Shark Savers](—my conservation organization of choice—or to your chosen shark conservation organization, and spread the word![^1]

[^1]: Disclaimer: I am on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers