Hong Kong protest against shark fin cruelty

This video says about itself:

Cathay Pacific Shark Fin Protest at Hong Kong International Airport, 29 May 2016

Anger at Cathay Pacific for their stubborn stance on shark fin cargo shipments had been building for some time.

Today it erupted in a flashmob protest at their airline check in counters at Hong Kong International Airport.

The members of the public who voiced their disgust at the check-in desks this morning were obviously not doing so for fun, but as a last resort.

The problem is that sustainable shark fin is a total impossibility, which is why ‘No Shark Fin‘ carriage policies are now mainstream aviation industry best practice.

That’s also why we at WildAid cannot understand why Cathay Pacific won’t simply join 35 other global airlines in implementing a meaningful shark fin ban.

What is clear, however, is that Cathay Pacific are pandering to the shark fin trade, as vested interests profiteer from overfishing and the extinction of sharks.

We’ve asked Cathay Pacific how many tonnes of shark fin they still ship every year, but they won’t tell us.

Neither will Cathay Pacific tell us how they can ensure the legality of the shark fin it transports.

On the other hand, Cathay Pacific pilots are telling us that tonnes of shark fin are still entering Hong Kong via the short haul Asia regional routes from Indonesia, Maldives, India and Sri Lanka.

We’ve also heard that murky deals to freight so-called sustainable shark fin from the Pacific Islands have even been struck with Fiji Airways.

Cathay Pacific, once the pride of Hong Kong, is a now pariah airline and an international disgrace.

Sign the petition here.

Indian Ocean Sharks at Risk From Deepwater Gillnets: here.

Still 11 shark fin restaurants in the Netherlands: here.

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