Hilton Worldwide reported that starting from April 1, 2014, no dishes with shark fin will be served in the company’s properties across Asia Pacific. That means the company will not serve and will not accept orders for dishes that contain the ingredient.
This is the final step of the large campaign targeted at removing shark fin dishes from menu. In December 2012, these dishes were already taken away from menus of Hilton restaurants in China and Southeast Asia. However, they were still available on request. The company slowly limited the usage of shark fin, and then it was banned in Southeast Asia on September 1, 2013. In Greater China, the ban came to action later, on February 1, 2014. Finally, starting from April 1, 2014, shark dishes will be no longer served in Hilton hotels in Japan. Dishes containing shark fin will also not be available for banquet and event orders. Therefore, starting from next month the shark fin is to be banned in all 645 Hilton properties globally.
Commenting the ban, Hilton’s representative told they had decided to take measures in a country-by-country way. The decision to ban shark fin appeared thanks to the company’s effort to support environmental organizations worldwide. Shark fin may not be very popular in Europe or Americas, but in Asia Pacific the demand for it is high, and that was the major reason for decline in global population of sharks. Hilton plans not to stop on this ban, and will soon present its sustainable seafood policy.