When did Air NZ become our moral guardians?


via scmp.com

via scmp.com

The South China Morning Post reports

Air New Zealand has followed Cathay Pacific’s example and stopped carrying shark fin after environmental campaigners discovered the airline was flying the cargo to Hong Kong.

The airline – which prides itself on its image as an environmentally conscious carrier – took the step after admitting to bringing at least two cargoes of shark fin sourced from Fiji to Hong Kong in the past eight months.

However, Air New Zealand insisted the shark fin flown to Hong Kong since October was by-product and had not been obtained by the brutal practice of finning, in which fins are sliced off and the sharks left to die.

Pressure group the New Zealand Shark Alliance alerted the South China Morning Post to the fact that the Auckland-based carrier was sending shark fin to Hong Kong.

The group said it wanted the carrier to follow the lead of Cathay Pacific, which last September halted shipments of shark fin following a sustained lobbying campaign by environmentalists.

Approached by the newspaper about the campaign, airline spokesman Andrew Aitken said yesterday: “Air New Zealand has taken the decision to suspend immediately the carriage of shark fins while we undertake a review of the issue.”

When did Air New Zealand become the moral guardians of what and what not to transport?

What next?  They won’t transport prostitutes as passengers?

Or fat people?

Once you start passing moral judgment where does it end?

How about gay married couples?  Are they going to be ok?  All that is needed is for a sustained lobbying campaign from Family First to be applied to Air NZ, and will they then “suspend immediately the carriage of ” gay married people while they “undertake a review of the issue”?

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