At last there is a mainland China air carrier that has joined in banning the transport of shark fin products. 36 other international airlines have already banned this controversial cargo and although this ban only applies to Air China Cargo it is a start.
“We understand the community’s desire to promote responsible and sustainable marine sourcing practices, and this remains important to Air China Cargo’s overall sustainable development goals.” a statement on the company’s website read. “Therefore, on the issue of shark fin, we reiterate our ‘No Shark Fin” carriage policy”
This echoes the implementation of a ban by Hong Kong Express last year followed by Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. And joins with Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Emirates and American Airline all major carriers that are observing a shark fin ban.
In July, the world’s fourth largest shipping operator, and China’s largest mainland shipping company China Ocean Shipping pledged a total ban on transporting shark fin products.
73 Million Sharks killed annually for Shark Fin Soup
“Scientists estimate that fins from up to 73 million sharks a year are used for shark’s fin soup, with much of the trade in shark fin destined for China” stated Alex Hofford a wildlife activist with WildAid and that Air China’s actions could be far-reaching in the attempt to save sharks.. Hofford added that “It’s a bold move and this is likely to have a huge and lasting impact on shark populations and marine ecosystems worldwide.”
According to WildAid the consumption of shark fin has fallen by 50 to 70% in recent years, however there is much more to do and the focus has now been directed on China’s other major carriers, especially China Southern Airlines.
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