by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | April 09, 2014
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has banned shark-fin dishes at all of its hotels worldwide, without exception. As of July 2014, the item will no longer be procured by any of its 1,200 hotels and 1,300 restaurants, and it will no longer be served across its portfolio by year-end. Frits van Paasschen, president and CEO of Starwood, said in a statement, "We believe economic growth and the well-being of society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment, including the health of the world's ocean and its inhabitants." According to Conservation International, the world's shark population is in a severe crisis with 100 million lost to illegal hunting and poaching. Starwood's ban follows that of other hotel companies including Hilton Worldwide, Peninsula Hotels and Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts. In addition to shark fin, Starwood also has banned whale and sea turtle from all of its menus.