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We were approaching the
Chinese New Year as we were in the early February. All sorts of products from exotic
and endangered species of marine animals were
already in the markets. My close family members being some of the
traders, we sat down in satisfaction that our stoke of goods would suit all
types of consumers. As I sat down to ponder on the profits that we were about
to make, a somewhat disturbing thought
ran through my mind- the recent debate on
the conservation of the endangered animal species. “Do you understand the harm
caused by hunting endangered species of animals,”
I promptly enquired from one of my relatives who was
at ease as we sat in the lounge. “Don’t
you know that consumption of exotic animals’ products, like shark fin soup, has
many health benefits and is a sign of
wealth and luxury? Don’t you understand our culture?” he responded. True to his
words, as part of the Chinese heritage culture, it is believed that consumption of exotic animal products leads to
better health and making people live longer.
However, such traditions have no scientific support and just remains beliefs.

Though born and raised in
Jakarta, Indonesia, my family is of Chinese descent ( second generation) and
holds in high esteem the Chinese culture that includes a belief that exotic
animals’ meats contain nutrients that are essential for human health. As early as
1970, my family had already started a prosperous family business, trading in various spices such as dried shark fins among
other exotic items which were locally sourced from Indonesia’s abundant resource,
oblivious of the fact that this trade will be detrimental to the society in the future. My view of consumption
of exotic animals’ meats changed in high school as I was introduced to the ecosystem.
It came to my realization that although
historically, shark fin soup is a valued delicacy in Chinese communities, the
shark finning industry is very environmental-unfriendly. An estimated 40
million sharks are hunted and killed yearly. If such activities persist, all
the shark species are in the danger of becoming extinct in a decade. The demand
for shark fins for food has thus currently grown
unsustainable. It is, therefore,
imperative for us to come up with other ideas to help our family members and the numerous exotic animal product traders
come up with substitute economic
activities.

I have a firm belief that joining the Harvard School
of Management will enable me to acquire entrepreneurial and leadership skills that will allow me to come up with alternative economic activities to the exotic animal products trade.
I believe that Harvard School of Management is
the best place to achieve my dreams. The school’s
global intelligence approach to issues
will be handy in enabling me to appreciate the worldview of the impact of
hunting of endangered animal species as opposed to the narrow societal view.
The school’s emphasis on learning on
practice will also enable me to make crucial and beneficial decisions even if
they go against the societal expectations.

At the end
of my studies, my expected learning outcomes includes developing an
understanding of how to lead my society into a behavioral
consumption towards animal species classified
as endangered. It is also my vision to acquire valuable entrepreneurial skills that will enable me to be at the forefront in identifying
environmental friendly economic activities. The attained
skills at Harvard School of Management will empower me to in leading the society in recognizing alternative
methods of nutrition nourishments for humans and in developing sustainable economic
activities.The desired study outcomes will allow my community to have a smooth shift
from the traditional exotic animal products trade to environmentally friendly and
profitable businesses.

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