Hilton Worldwide recently contacted StopSharkFinning.net to inform us that they have taken the decision to ban shark fin in all owned and managed properties across Asia Pacific by April 1, 2014.
Hilton Worldwide says:
Today, we announced Hilton Worldwide will cease serving shark fin and stop accepting new orders for shark fin dishes by April 1, 2014. The ban covers all restaurants and F&B facilities operated by our 96 owned and managed properties across Asia Pacific and puts us on track to ban shark fin in all restaurants and F&B facilities operated by our portfolio of 645 owned and managed hotels globally.
StopSharkFinning first contacted Hilton Worldwide about this issue in July 2012. Initial contacts were promising but progress was slow and repeated requests for updates yielded no concrete results other than promises that the issue was being looked at. A petition was set up which was signed by over 4,000 shark lovers with the hope that the extra bad publicity would move the issue forward with greater urgency.
Although it has taken longer than we wanted, we warmly welcome this announcement. It is yet another important voice speaking up for sharks – one more organisation saying it is not OK to fin sharks. Hilton Worldwide can now join the ranks of other prominent companies in China, Hong Kong and the Far East who have banned shark fin – companies like Shangri-La, Swiss-Belhotel International, Cathay Pacific and Korean Air Lines
We would like to thank Hilton’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility Jennifer Silberman who was instrumental in bringing this issue to the table at Hilton. Since the issue was brought to our attention many other individuals and organisations have also pushed for Hilton to take a stand – we thank those involved for their dedication and hard work and for making this happen.