In 2009, Cathay Pacific made the commendable decision to remove shark fin from their in-flight menus, and to lead the way by serving sustainable seafood. Swire Pacific is the holding company of Cathay Pacific, and in their 2009 sustainability report:
"We recognise the problem of non-sustainable consumption of endangered seafood and encourage all our companies to follow WWF Hong Kong’s Seafood Guide. Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair recognise the importance of sourcing in-flight food from sustainable sources. They ban shark’s fin from their inflight menus and are working with relevant teams to develop and formalise our approach."
In light of this statement, we the undersigned ask that Cathay Pacific should go one step further and not ban shark fin from the cabins of their airplanes, but also from the belly of their airplanes, too.
In other words, we ask that shark fin also be banned from all Cathay Pacific Cargo planes.
1. CATHAY PACIFIC IN-FLIGHT CATERING SHARK FIN SUSPENSION: http://www.swirepacific.com/eng/about/sd/sd_report2009.pdf)
1. Sharks are fundamental to maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem. As apex predators, sharks help regulate the abundance and diversity of the extraordinary marine life beneath them. Declining shark populations are directly affecting the health of our oceans.
2. Shark populations worldwide are in rapid decline from overfishing and habitat destruction. In some regions, populations have fallen by as much as 90%. According to the globally recognised International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), almost 56% of shark species (where there is sufficient data to determine conservation status) are at high risk of extinction either now or in the near future. That’s 143 shark species!
3. The demand for shark fin soup is leading to the collapse of shark populations. The fins from up to 73 million sharks are traded worldwide each year (around 200,000 sharks per day!). Based on official (FAO) findings, global shark catches are likely to be underestimated by an astonishing three to four fold.
SIGN OUR PETITION TODAY AND LETS GET SWIRE PACIFIC AND CATHAY PACIFIC TO SHOW TRUE AND TOTAL CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.