One of the world's largest hotel chains has announced it will stop serving shark fin products, in a show of opposition against the cruel practice of shark finning. Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which owns Westin, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, St. Regis, W Hotels and The Luxury Collection hotel chains, posted this statement on its website:
As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that, beginning July 2014, it will no longer procure shark fin in any of its nearly 1,200 hotels or 1,300 restaurants around the world. The company has committed to completely eliminating the consumption of shark fin, without exception, in all restaurants and food and beverage services across its global portfolio by year-end.
"This is tremendously good news and a beacon of corporate leadership in ocean health," said Peter Seligmann, Chairman and co-founder of Conservation International. "Starwood's company-wide ban on shark fin in each and every one of their properties sends a powerful signal that businesses can be positive change agents in the effort to ensure the responsible use of our planet's natural capital."