“We believe that we now have compelling evidence that the majority of shark fishing is incompatible with our position on Sustainable Development,” Cathay Pacific said in a statement.
“Due to the vulnerable nature of sharks, their rapidly declining population, and the impacts of overfishing for their parts and products, our carriage of these is inconsistent with our commitment to sustainable development,” the airline said.
A government figure revealing that Cathay transported 650 tons of the 10,500 tons of shark’s fin into Hong Kong last year factored heavily in their decision to enact the ban.
Other statistics like the fact that 70-100 million sharks are slaughtered a year to satisfy the demand for shark’s fin soup may have played a part as well.
Cathay Pacific has garnered much praise for their decision from environmental groups who regard the ban as a huge step toward the ultimate goal of eliminating the unsustainable shark’s fin trade entirely. And with more and more big names enlisting in the anti-shark’s fin campaign, including hotels which are increasingly striking the dish from their menus, that goal may not be as crazy as it sounds. Especially when you consider the less than water-tight arguments of the opposition.
More from shanghaiist on shark’s fin here.