Hong Kong Government: Legislate a ban on the sale and possession of shark fin in Hong Kong.
Ran E. Hong Kong
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The demand for shark fin soup is leading to the collapse of shark populations. According to latest data, the fins from up to 100 million sharks are traded worldwide each year. The Hong Kong government estimates that 3,100 metric tons of shark fin were imported into Hong Kong in 2012. This trade is directly leading to the near extinction of many shark species on our planet.
From Ecuador to Brunei, from the Bahamas to the Maldives, many nations from around the world have enacted laws that ban the sale and possession of shark fin within their borders.
Recently, more than fifty Hong Kong and global marine conservation groups joined forces to call on the Hong Kong Government to enact a similar ban on shark fin at official banquets -- and the Government did nothing.
Last year, leading companies like Cathay Pacific Airways, Shangri-La Hotels and many others banned shark fin from their operations. Also, a peer-reviewed survey by Bloom Association found that a large part of the Hong Kong population have said no to shark fin, as they recognise that the environmental cost is just too high.
So the message is clear: The time has come for the Hong Kong Government pass a law to ban shark fin and related products from the territory.
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