Hong Kong is without a doubt one of the world’s largest consumers of shark-related products, including shark fin. It is estimated that suppliers in over 100 countries spanning across 7 continents have exported their shark fin products to Hong Kong in the past 10 years.Whilst a large portion of these products will be re-exported to other countries such as mainland China, a notable share is retained within Hong Kong and distributed among vendors and retailers, including dried goods stores, markets, hotels and restaurants, for local purchase and consumption. The largest vendors of shark-related products in Hong Kong are the traditional Chinese restaurants of major hotels and catering companies. This petition is hence aimed at the local hotels and caterers managing restaurants of traditional Chinese cuisine. The aim is to control Hong Kong’s demand of shark through:
1) Removing shark-related products, including shark fin, from the menus of restaurants, unless the products are proven to be from sustainable sources;
2) Ceasing the sourcing of shark-related products, unless the products are proven to be from sustainable sources.