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Fight to Stop Shark Trade Extends to Skies

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By Jen Viegas
Friday, June 17, 2016

HK Express, a Hong Kong airline, recently announced that it will prohibit large consignments of shark fins being shipped as cargo, exemplifying a growing effort among not only airlines, but also container shipping lines, to stop the often illegal practice of shark finning.

Conservationists have been reaching out to airlines and shipping lines to join the "fly #sharkfree" movement in order to curb the transportation of shark fins from ports to markets, where the fins are purchased for shark fin soup that is still regarded as a delicacy in some countries.

"We believe that cutting the supply chain of shark fins to markets is a compelling way to reduce supply and demand," Alex Hofford, a wildlife campaigner at WildAid Hong Kong, told Discovery News. WildAid is leading "fly #sharkfree."

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