Seoul, South Korea (4E) – Korean Air and Asiana have banned shark fin from their cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign.
Korean Air, which flies to 45 countries, said in a statement that it had stopped shipping shark fin from June 10.
“Korean Air has joined a campaign to protect an ecological system by imposing a complete ban on the shipment of shark fin,” the statement said.
Asiana, the country’s second largest airline, said it was doing the same.
Global shark populations have been decimated by the trade. Humans kill about 100 million sharks each year, mostly for their fins, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, which says 90 percent have disappeared over the past 100 years.
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