Cathay Pacific today joined over 30 other global passenger airlines in banning the carriage of all shark fin cargo. We are delighted and applaud Cathay for taking this positive step. By imposing a 100% total ban with immediate effect, Hong Kong's flag carrier has shown it is serious about protecting sharks and our global marine ecosystem.
Cathay's commendable action has created a more level playing field within the airline sector, and has removed much doubt and confusion. As more airlines and hotels ban shark fin — perceived by many Hong Kong people to be a cruel, unsustainable and unethical product procured from illegal sources — the pressure on the Hong Kong government to legislate for a total ban on commercial sales of shark fin can only increase. That's why today's announcement by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's de facto airline, is so important.
“A responsible airline like Cathay Pacific should never be seen to be a link in the supply chain for a criminal trade," WildAid Hong Kong's Alex Hofford said. "That's why we are so happy that Cathay has done the right thing by no longer carry any shark fin or shark products. Shipping sharks by air is not just an issue of sustainability, but ethics and legality.”
WildAid is now calling on Fiji Airways to ditch their outdated and broken “sustainable shark fins only” policy. As the last man standing, Fiji Airways is the last and only airline to still operate such a misguided policy. WildAid is also urging other airlines such as Hong Kong Airlines and Malindo Air to take a stance on shipping shark fin cargo, and to make their policies clear.