Hilton Worldwide To Ban Shark Fin from April 1, 2014

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.


  1. Carole Moore says:

    That’s great news! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Well done SSF team!

  3. Steve Tyler says:

    Indeed great news that will benefit Hilton in the long term. More and more people are beginning to patronize establishments that have concerns for wildlife and the environment

  4. Pietet van Slooten says:

    Very well done.

  5. Great news! This comes on the heels of China banning shark fin soup at official banquets and a decline in overall demand in China.

  6. Chuck Adelsman says:

    Great Victory. Better late than never.

  7. That’s amazing news. Thank Hilton for being a responsible company. Thank you SSF for everything you do!!!

  8. Ahti Yliaho says:

    Great news!!!!

  9. Helga Cookson says:

    This is wonderful news! Thanks!

  10. Thank you Jennifer Silberman!

  11. This good news has really raised my estimation of Hilton. Thank you for taking a stand.

  12. Way to go, hope all hotels and restaurants follow suite.

  13. Great news! Top rate to Hilton!

  14. Paul Maddison says:

    This is wonderful new, congradulations Hilton. This is what I call leadership from a multi national company Thank you

  15. THANK YOU!!!! progress is possible,SAY NO TO SHARK FIN SOUP#No more shark finning.

  16. Fantastic News. Has a date been set for EVERY resturauant to stop serving Shark Fin, not just the Asia Pacific?

  17. Well done Hilton for doing the right thing, this news gave me the goosebumps you get when something good happens ♡

  18. Manfred Hütter says:

    one time i eat a shark-finn soup in eilat israel(1992), but it was ugly, smell ugly , at this time i prefere
    beef`or vecetable soup`s

  19. Lesley Millward says:

    IT’S ABOUT TIME TOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Bravo

  21. WOW that’s GR8 news… well done 2 all involved 🙂

  22. David Kennedy says:

    Fabolous news! A big worldwide business taking an ethical stand ……… we need much more of that kind of thing! A pat on the back to all who played their part.

  23. This is so Great!!!

  24. Thanks Hilton!

  25. Surperb news – thank Hilton.

  26. Thank you Hilton. I will start staying at your hotels again.

  27. Brilliant!!! Brilliant!!! BRILLIANT!!!! You made my day!

  28. Why did it take so long? My free Guest Souvenir CD had photos of a bloody shark fin banquet since CD/DVD was born.

    Now we still have to stop dolphin shows and whale hunting. Although the International Court of Justice banned Japanese whaling “The Cove” dolphin kill and the Faroe Islands Pilot whale kills continue – Barbarians!

    We still have a long way to go until humanity is humane.

    Sad that Jennifer Silberman even had to raise the issue – but Hats Off to Jennifer and Hilton!

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