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January 17, 2012

HSI Statement on Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Shark Fin Ban

Humane Society International

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, in a Jan. 17 press statement, announced its “Sustainable Seafood Policy” and their discontinued use of all shark fin products. Iris Ho, wildlife campaigns manager of Humane Society International, issued the following statement:

“Humane Society International applauds Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts for their announcement to cease serving shark fin products in all of their 72 hotels and resorts. As one of the most prominent luxury hotel groups, with headquarters in Hong Kong, Shangri-La’s decision comes at the most opportune time as the annual Lunar New Year celebrations, where shark fin soup is customarily served, will kick off across Asia next week. HSI will continue our hotel outreach campaign with local partners in Asia and hopes that other hospitality and culinary establishments will follow suit and remove themselves from participation in the cruel, wasteful and unsustainable trade in shark fins.”

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