Target: Hilton President and CEO Christopher J. Nassetta
Goal: Demand that Hilton Hotels stop offering shark fin soup in their restaurants
Hilton Hotels is serving the cruel dish shark fin soup in its Asian hotels. Shark fin soup is considered a luxury item in China, but has contributed to the dramatic decline of shark populations. Shark fins are obtained by either cutting them off living sharks, or killing the shark before cutting off its fin, then discarding the rest of the animal. We must demand that Hilton Hotels stop encouraging these inhumane practices by immediately ceasing to offer shark fin soup in its restaurants.
In 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act, which made it illegal “to remove any of the fins of a shark (including the tail) at sea.” Hilton Hotels even admitted to offering shark fin soup upon request in certain East Asian restaurants, even if it isn’t promoted on the menu. This shows that the hotel giant is aware that shark fin soup is so cruel that it must be hidden from the general public.
Shark fin soup isn’t only damaging to the shark population, it also impacts dolphins as well. The Earth Island Institute conducted an interview with an Indonesian fisherman in which the man described capturing dolphins to be used as shark bait. He stated that fishermen, “use dynamite placed in beer bottles and throw them at dolphins. After dolphins got too weak, they captured them and tied their tails.”
By signing the petition below, you will help urge Hilton Hotels to remove shark fin soup from all of its restaurants.
Dear Mr. Nassetta,
Shark fin soup is a cruel and inhumane dish. Shark fins used in soup are being obtained by either finning sharks alive, or killing sharks to cut off the fin and then discarding the rest of the animal. Hilton Hotels is encouraging these inhumane practices by offering shark fin soup in its East Asian restaurants.
Shark fin soup isn’t only damaging to the shark population, it also impacts dolphins as well. Indonesian fishermen are creating homemade bombs to throw at dolphins, weakening them so they can be captured and used for shark bait.
I am asking you to immediately end Hilton’s contribution to the decline of shark and dolphin populations. Stop serving shark fin soup in all Hilton Hotels.
[Your Name Here]
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