05 Sep '12, 4am
Cathay Pacific bans shark fin from cargo flights, dealing a blow to Hong Kong's huge shark fin industry
HONG KONG (AFP) - Cathay Pacific said on Tuesday it would no longer carry unsustainably sourced shark products on its cargo flights, dealing a blow to Hong Kong's huge shark fin industry. "Cathay Pacific has decided to stop shipping unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products," the airline said in a statement. "There is very compelling scientific evidence to support that this is the right thing to do for a company committed to sustainability. "Specifically, 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." Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets.