(Please scroll down to see the English version) Last updated on May 14, 2011
酒店所屬的萬豪國際（Marriott International）總裁 Mr. Arne Sorenson 說這是為了尊重本地文化云云。
Mr. Arne Sorenson 也許不知道，香港有大部分的市民已經唾棄了魚翅。根據香港大學和 BLOOM 在 2011 年 4 月公佈的調查結果，有八成的受訪者接受在宴會上沒有魚翅，更有九成半受訪者支持香港政府禁止魚翅入口。（見 http://bit.ly/kgJ3s4）
在此酒店新張之時，我們呼籲香港 Ritz-Carlton 酒店能夠仿效香港廸士尼和其他飲食集團，尊重大自然，保護海洋生態，立刻停售魚翅。
各位可以用電郵向 Ritz-Carlton 公關部門作出請求，相信酒店會樂於聆聽大家的意見。請同時分寄美國總部和香港分公司。電郵地址及信件樣本會列於下面。
There is a news report by the South China Morning Post (May 9, 2011) about the new luxury hotel Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which occupies floors 102 to 118 in the new skyscraper ICC in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The hotel has introduced a number of measures to make its operation more friendly to our planet (e.g. reduce the water consumption). However, the hotel has decided that they will serve shark fin soup.
Mr. Arne Sorenson, president and chief operating officer of Marriott International, the owner of the hotel, said the hotel “has to respect the local food culture”.
But Mr. Arne Sorenson didn’t know that a majority of local people in Hong Kong has already given up their appetite on shark fin soup. In April 2011, a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong and BLOOM, a non-profit focused on marine ecology, revealed that 80% of the respondents considered that it is socially acceptable to have no shark fin soup in a wedding banquet. Furthermore, 95% of them support a ban of the import of shark fin soup. (http://yhoo.it/lykYft )
We petition that Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong can follow the example of Disneyland Hong Kong and other restaurants and stop selling shark fin soup.
You can send an email to the Corporate Media Relations Department of Ritz-Carlton. I think they will be glad to hear your opinions. Please send to both the Headquarters and the Hong Kong office. The email addresses and a sample letter is listed below.
RITZ-CARLTON: CORPORATE MEDIA RELATIONS
Vivian A. Deuschl
Corporate Vice President, Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 800
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (703) 941-6225
Mobile: (202) 255-5786
Fax: (703) 941-7492
Regional Director Public Relations, Asia Pacific
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C.
Suite 1108, Tower One, Lippo Centre,
89 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Phone: + 852 3760 9219
Dear Ms. Deuschl, Mr. Ford,
We read with disappointment from a South China Morning Post’s report (May 9, 2011) that your new hotel in Hong Kong plans to sell shark fin soup.
Shark populations worldwide are facing massive decline. Scientists estimate that the fins of up to 73 million sharks are traded globally, that’s 200,000 a day! Sharks cannot keep up with this rate of exploitation as they are slow-growing, long-lived, late to reach sexual maturity and produce few young. The human appetite for shark fin and other shark products simply cannot be sustained.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) maintains the Red List of Threatened Species, the world’s main authority on the conservation status of species. In the 2010 Red List, 74 shark species are listed as at high risk of extinction – with a further 69 species considered to be at high risk in the near future. That is one third of the number of known shark species!
Shark fins are widely regarded as tasteless, yet shark fin soup is considered a delicacy mainly because of the high price of the fins (the taste of the soup comes from the broth). People eat or serve it mostly as a way to show off wealth and status. However, the consumption of shark fin soup is a major factor in declining shark populations, with potentially disastrous impacts on the marine ecosystem.
Because of the high price of shark fins, and relatively low price of shark meat, the wasteful practice of shark finning – the cutting off a live shark’s fins and then throwing the body back to the sea – is highly lucrative. As a result, consumers opting for shark fin soup are encouraging these barbaric and cruel practices (c.f. these videos http://bit.ly/iimEZZ and http://bit.ly/aOOjnq ).
Many major corporations in Hong Kong have pledged not to serve or buy shark fin soup. These include Disneyland Hong Kong, HSBC, the Hong Kong and China Gas Company, Hang Seng Bank, Swire Properties, Canon Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Observatory, and 180 primary and secondary schools. (Please see a partial list from WWF-HK’s webpage http://bit.ly/dtkHA1 )
I also would like to draw your attention to the fact that shark fin soup has been banned in Hawaii, and the fact that similar bills to ban shark fin soup are in different stages of legislation in Washington State, Oregon, and California. I believe many other states and countries will adopt a similar ban in the near future.
I think the decision to serve shark fin soup in your new hotel will be a public image disaster – both in Hong Kong and globally. We hope your corporation will reconsider your position on this important matter for the health of our oceans.
Before a public announcement that you will stop selling shark fin soup in your hotels, I will stop staying in anyone of the 3,150 hotels of Marriott International in the world, including Ritz-Carlton, I will also ask my friends and relatives to do the same.
Thank you for your kind attention.
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