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Peninsula Hotels to ban shark fin soup in 2012…

Posted on 21 November 2011


A bowl of shark fin soup being served at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown after Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he signed a bill banning the sale, trade and possession of shark fins.

The ultra-luxury Peninsula hotel chain on Jan. 1, 2012 will ban shark fin soup in all of its hotels, a nod to growing concerns about the global shark population.


Peninsula hotels will stop serving shark fin soup (see photo above) at all its group operations on New Year’s Day, although hotels will still serve it – if it was requested – at banquets booked prior to Nov. 21.


Earlier this month, the UK’s Guardian described the growing movement to ban the trade of shark fin, the slippery, glutinous flesh considered a delicacy by Chinese people. The article notes that shark-fin soup has been increasingly disappearing from the menu at Chinese weddings.


“By removing shark fin from our menus, we hope that our decision can contribute to preserving the marine ecosystem for the world’s future generations,” Clement Kwok, CEO of Peninsula chain parent Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. “As Asia’s oldest hotel company, we also hope that our decision will inspire other hospitality companies to do the same and that our industry will play a role in helping to preserve the bio-diversity of our oceans.”


The company’s Peninsula hotels are located in New York; Chicago; Beverly Hills, Calif., Hong Kong; Shanghai; Beijing; Tokyo; Bangkok; Manila, and Paris (opening in 2013).

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