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Singapore Airlines says no to shark fin shipping
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has yielded to pressure from conservation groups, agreeing to end cargo shipments of shark fins. Following protests at several of its check-in counters from Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur, and an online petition that attracted 50,000 signatures, Nicholas Ionides, vice-president of public affairs at SIA, stated that SIA Cargo had been carrying out a thorough review, taking into account the increasing concerns around the world related to shark finning.
From 1 August, Singapore Airlines will be following in the footsteps of other major carriers including Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Korean, by no longer accepting the transport of shark fins.
Ryan Kempster, shark biologist and founder of Support Our Sharks, says the relatively slow growth and reproductive rates of sharks have resulted in the systematic depletion of many populations worldwide, largely due to an increasing demand for their fins in Asian markets. “It’s estimated that 100 million sharks are killed every year. This is an unsustainable rate, which the world’s shark populations cannot sustain. With demand in China and other Asian countries for shark fin soup increasing and more of the population being able to afford it, the concern is that the...