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Cathay Pacific to end transport of sharks, shark-related items

HONG KONG -- Cathay Pacific said Tuesday it would no longer carry "unsustainably sourced" shark products on its cargo flights, dealing a blow to Hong Kong's huge shark fin industry.

"Cathay Pacific has decided to stop shipping unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products," the airline said in a statement.

"There is very compelling scientific evidence to support that this is the right thing to do for a company committed to sustainability.

"Specifically, due to the vulnerable nature of sharks, their rapidly declining population, and the impacts of overfishing for their parts and products, our carriage of these is inconsistent with our commitment to sustainable development."

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