MATTA calls on members and partners to boycott restaurants serving shark fins

Published on : Tuesday, March 29, 2016

mattaMalaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) inbound vice president Datuk Tan Kok Liang has called on its members and partners to boycott restaurants offering shark fins in their menus.

Tan said “Banning of shark hunting and killing is under the purview of the Federal Government but the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister did not wish to impose such a ban, even if it is for Sabah only.”

“Shark population in Sabah had declined by 80 percent over the past three decades and they are rarer in waters off peninsular Malaysia. The remaining sharks found in Sabah attracted over 55,000 divers last year, pumping RM323 million to the local economy but this annual revenue will be wiped out once the sharks are further depleted.”

“European Union countries had already prohibited shark finning since 2003 and they were joined by another 27 nations by 2013. Many tourists are environmental conscious and promoting ecotourism would backfire if we continue to allow our sharks to be
“But the ban on shark hunting and killing will continue to be delayed as long as the hunters are accorded greater priority than this magnificent fish species, which play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of nature in our marine ecosystems.”

“As such, MATTA is adopting a second prong approach by calling for a boycott of establishments serving shark fins. The slogan – When the buying stops, the killing can too, is just as applicable here as in other conservation efforts.”

“Shark fins consumption had no longer been in vogue for some time and leading hotel chains such as Hilton, Hyatt, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Peninsula, Shangri-La, Waldorf Astoria and Westin do not serve it.”

“But in a recent report by Hong Kong Shark Foundation, a shocking 98 percent of the 375 restaurants surveyed continue to choose money over environmentally friendly practices. If voluntary efforts are ineffective, tourism authorities could compile a list
of restaurants that serve shark fins so that tourists could boycott them altogether, and not just the dish.”

 

 

Source:- MATTA

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