After a 6-ton shipment of shark fins, which likely included several endangered species, was photographed being shipped by Philippines Airlines (PAL) from Dubai to Hong Kong, the company has announced it will stop shipping fins altogether, marking a major win for conservationists.
PAL spokeswoman Cielo Villaluna told the South China Morning Post Wednesday, "It's a total stop. We are stopping the shipment on all fronts...not just to Hong Kong."
"PAL takes the issue on protection and conservation of endangered marine life seriously, recognizing that the company's long-term interest is and should be consistent with sustainable and responsible business practices," a press release reads.
The move is the result of an expose by the conservation group WildLifeRisk, together with ocean advocacy group Fins Attached, which reportedly discovered 136 bags of fins -- each containing about 110 pounds of dried shark fins. WildlifeRisk speculated that many of the shark fins were illegally shipped because they were protected as endangered species -- though this remains unconfirmed.