Seems like that status symbol ain’t holding the cache’ it used to…
“As you may know based on increasing media attention to this important issue, shark fin soup is a symbol of status in some Asian countries — primarily China — and is a popular dish at weddings and other important events. However, shark finning is an unsustainable practice that is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of sharks every year — and if it is not curbed, it may wipe out many species completely. Many shark species are apex predators residing at the top of the food chain; their disappearance would have serious consequences for other marine species.
In early 2010, CI began discussions with major international hotel chains (Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton and Starwood) about creating sustainable seafood programs, with a particular focus on the complicated issue of shark finning. After CI convened the hotels and formed a loose affiliation called the Sustainable Seafood Coalition of the Hospitality Industry, the group decided to focus their initial efforts on the removal of shark fin dishes from their menus. Additionally, I and staff from CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and Global Marine Division team have met with several of the executives of Asian-based hotel chains, including Shangri-La, New World and Capella Singapore to continue one-on-one discussions with them about creating a sustainable seafood policy.”