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Shark lovers left high and dry

By Yang Yijun (China Daily)

09:20, November 28, 2011

A worker puts shark fins into baskets at a processing plant in Wenzhou city, East China's Zhejiang province. Cheng Hong / for China Daily

SHANGHAI - Several luxury hotels and popular restaurants have decided to take shark fin soup - a traditional delicacy on banquet tables - off the menu to help keep the species from becoming extinct.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Ltd (HSH), parent company of The Peninsula Hotels, said that it will stop serving shark fin on Jan 1 at all of its eight hotels globally, including one in Shanghai, one in Beijing and one in Hong Kong.

HSH said the decision was made "in recognition of the threat facing the global shark population and in line with the company's sustainability vision".

A spokeswoman for the Peninsula Shanghai who declined to give her name told China Daily that removing the dish from the menu will have a very limited impact on the hotel's food and beverage profits.

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