Thursday, January 19, 2012

No more Shark Fin Soup at the Fijian!

From the press release.

Shangri-La Announces Sustainable Seafood Policy And Discontinuing Use Of All Shark Fin Products in 72 hotels and resorts
17 Jan 2012

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts today announced its ‘Sustainable Seafood Policy’ including the commitment to cease serving shark fin in all of its operated restaurants as well as accepting new orders for shark fin products in banqueting with immediate effect.
Future banquet bookings made prior to this date will be honoured as per the signed contractual agreement. At the same time, Shangri-La announced that it will phase out Bluefin tuna and Chilean sea bass in all its operated restaurants within the year.
In December 2010 the company initiated the process with the removal of shark fin products from its restaurant menus. The new policy is a continuation of Shangri-La’s journey towards environmental support.

After last year's decision by the Peninsula Hotels, his would be the second big Chinese-owned hotel chain to take this step - and I very much like the phasing out of the Bluefin and the Chilean Bass as well!
Shangri-La owns the venerable Fijian Resort, so this will have immediate consequences here - dunno if they ever did purchase local fins but if so, this would be the end of it.

As they say: step by step...

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