Target: Cai Jianjiang, president and CEO of Air China Limited
Goal: Applaud decision to ban shark fins on all Air China planes.
China’s largest airline, Air China, has announced that they will no longer import shark fins into the country. They are the first airline in Mainland China to ban shark fins. Air China’s decision is part of a broader movement in China to end the cruel shark finning trade. In 2013, shark fin soup was banned by the government at state dinners, and in 2016, the state-owned shipping company China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited also banned packages of shark fins. A report by the Chinese government says that shark finning was down 82 percent between 2012 and 2015. With Air China’s decision to ban shark fins, this number should continue decreasing.
Shark finning is a brutal process wherein sharks are taken from the water and put on boats, where their fins are cut off. Then, they’re often thrown back into the water, where they sink to the bottom of the ocean and either drown or are eaten by predators. China is one of the largest importers of shark fins. The fins are used for shark fin soup, which is considered to be a delicacy in China. Because of shark finning, 74 species of sharks are now threatened with extinction.
Air China’s decision to ban shark fins will set a precedent for other Chinese airlines to follow. Sign this petition to thank Air China for helping to put an end to the horrific shark finning industry.
Dear Mr. Jianjiang,
Thank you for banning packages of shark fins on all Air China planes. By banning shark fins, you’re helping to end a brutal process where sharks are taken from the water and put on boats, where their fins are chopped off. The sharks are then usually sent back into the water, where they die from suffocation, drown, or are eaten by predators. This cruel practice has resulted in 74 species of sharks being threatened by extinction. Your company’s shark fin ban will make it much harder for poachers to get their fins into China.
Your decision to ban shark fins will help save countless sharks from a cruel and painful death. Thank you for standing up for sharks. Now, please carefully monitor your planes to ensure that no poachers smuggle sharks fin aboard.
[Your Name Here]
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