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EPA head in hot water for eating shark fin soup

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The head of the Environmental Protection Administration (環保署) Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) found himself in hot water with animal and environmental groups Sunday, after he was caught eating shark fin soup.

Political pundit Windson (溫紳) posted photos online of a lunch with members of the political and business communities that both he and Lee attended. One photo shows a bowl of shark fin soup, a delicacy that environmental and animal

rights groups have tried to ban. Windson has since deleted the post.

Lee confirmed Monday that he had eaten the shark fin soup served during the lunch, saying that at first he had hesitated. Lee said he was invited to the lunch at the last minute and arrived twenty minutes late and that he and his family members did not normally eat shark fin. He said that in the future he would proactively remind fellow dining participants not to order the controversial menu item in order to protect the environment.

The EPA head said he would reflect adequately on the incident to prevent any misunderstanding.

The government passed new fisheries laws in January as part of a move to get Taiwan removed from a European Union watch list of countries that have not acted against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

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