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THAI upset over protest plan, says it has banned shipping of shark fin

The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) is preparing to launch a campaign against Thai Airways International (THAI) to protest against the shipping of shark fin.

Members of the society are scheduled to appear at THAI check-in counters at airports in many countries on August 10.

Suraphon Israngura Na Ayuthaya, acting vice president of the airline's commercial department, said THAI had issued an official policy prohibiting cargoes of shark fin and related products this month following a social-media campaign. He added that in reality the airline had stopped transporting shark fin products two years ago.

"There is some misunderstanding that THAI still allows cargo of this sort, which is not true," Suraphon said. Shark-fin soup is not served on board either. He said this policy has been delivered to all THAI offices across the world. "We are the national carrier and do not allow customers to ship or carry shark fin on THAI flights."

In a press release yesterday, THAI said it had implemented a strict policy prohibiting shark fin and related products in its cargo as of July 15.

Other carriers like Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have already declared a "no shark fin" policy. However, a THAI source said many Chinese airlines and freighters continued shipping shark fin as many buyers are Chinese restaurants.


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