Last week, Air China became the first airline in mainland China to ban cargo shipments of shark fins. Trade of shark fins is predominantly utilized for shark fin, or “fish wing,” soup in China. WildAid reported an estimated 73 million sharks are used each year to make shark fin soup. Similar steps have been taken by multinational courier companies, like United Parcel Service and DHL, in previous years in an effort to reduce negative impacts on endangered shark species. This announcement followed recent release of China’s plan to ban domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017.
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