Philippine Airlines latest to shun shark fin cargo
Philippine Airlines (PAL) says it has stopped flying shark fin cargo, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation.
June 1, 2014
Philippine Airlines (PAL) says it has stopped flying shark fin cargo, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are a highly valued delicacy by Chinese consumers for use in shark fin soup, but conservationists say booming demand for such fins has put pressure on the world’s shark populations, prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. The fins of an estimated 75 million sharks annually are harvested by cutting them from the shark which is then discarded and left to die.
Philippine Airlines said it will “formalise and strengthen a freight policy it has recently adopted to stop the shipment of shark fin in support of its overall commitment to sustainable development.” The carrier added it would “circulate a policy for immediate implementation and strict compliance across the organisation. PAL takes the issue on protection and conservation of endangered marine life seriously, recognising that the company’s longterm interest is and should be consistent with sustainable and responsible business practices.”
The airline made the move after a furore erupted over a recent shipment of shark fins to Hong Kong. Nearly 100 groups and individuals lent their support to an open letter sent to senior executives of PAL, urging them to publicly commit to ending the trade.