Singapore Airlines Cargo has announced it will stop transporting shark fin from 1 August 2014.
“SIA Cargo has been carrying out a thorough review, taking into account the increasing concerns around the world related to shark finning,” Nicholas Ionides, vice-president of public affairs at the airline said in a report in South China Morning Post.
“With effect from August 1, it will no longer accept the carriage of shark fin,” Mr Ionides said.
Shark conservationists, who have been lobbying airlines worldwide to stop transporting sharkfin, are thrilled with the airline’s decision.
Hong Kong-based WildLifeRisk director Alex Hofford said he commended the airline for stopping shipments of shark fin.
“It’s a really significant victory by taking out one more link in the supply chain to Hong Kong,” Mr Hofford said.
At least 22 airlines have restricted or banned shark fin shipments in the last two years, including Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Air New Zealand enforcing a blanket ban.
Singapore is the third biggest importer of shark fin in the world.