Hong Kong Airline Stops Shipping Shark Fin

September 7, 2012 / 1 Comment

Following pressure from environmental groups, Hong Kong Airlines has banned shark fins from its cargo flights. It is estimated that the airline flew 650 tonnes of shark fin into Hong Konge very year. It has now decided to end shipping of unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products. The airline will not enter into new contracts in this regard.

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The main reason behind this environment-conscious decision is the sharks’ rapidly declining population and the consequences of over fishing to get their parts and products. The decision reveals the sustained commitment of the company to protect the environment. According to a study, an estimated 30 to 73 million sharks are killed each year for fins, which led to near extinction of sharks.

Another shocking fact is that many species that were labeled as endangered are still served in many restaurants all through theUS. Chinais the largest consumer of shark fins. Around 10,000 tonnes of fins are traded in Hong Kong annually. Shark fin soup is very popular in Hong Kong and last year, the Peninsula Hotel inHong Kong took off shark’s fin soup from its menu.