Two hotels from the Pickalbatros chain in Hurghada have been flagrantly and ostentatiously flouting wildlife protection laws, serving up buffets of endangered fish and sharks. With the corpses of the sharks, rays and parrot fish hanging from the ceiling as a gruesome garnish, chefs stand by to cut and grill them to order, horrifying some customers.
By filing complaints and photographs of the carcasses of these otherwise beautiful aquatic species and sending them to the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), some tourists sounded the alarm on the blatant violation of animal protection regulations.
Ahmed Droubi, project manager at the conservation association, says that while one hotel displayed dead sharks as decoration, the other was far worse, with the chef cutting pieces of the fish upon demand and grilling them on the nearby barbecue.
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