Top TV chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver took their fight to end overfishing home with them and have removed the endangered European eel off of their restaurant menus.
Their decision to remove the slithering sea creature came after they were under fire for being fish hypocrites for featuring the eel, while campaigning to raise awareness for overfishing.
Better late than never!
There is some controversy as to whether the European eel is actually endangered though. Although the species was declared endangered in 2008 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the company that supplied both chefs with eel does not feel the eel is in danger at this time.
The Dutch Eel company uses farmed fish and other sustainable means of procuring its eels, so maybe the chefs were just being fed misleading information.
Either way, we're glad both put their money where their mouth was and took the endangered animal off of the menu, even if it took some reminding.
Greenpeace has said the population the European eel has declined dramatically and is in danger due to pollution in the water.
Ramsay recently appeared on an English television program Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait, which features him campaigning against the shark fishing industry, which is a disgusting industry which kills sharks for a silly delicacy.
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