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 July 24, 2015
Jet Airways Receives Humane Society International Award For Action Against Shark Fin Shipments

 Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, has been presented with the 2014 Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award by the Humane Society International, it was announced this week.

The award is in recognition of the airline's pioneering policy to enforce a ban on shipments of shark fins as cargo to curb the illegal trade. Jet Airways is the only Indian organization to be conferred the award in 2014.

"Jet Airways has always been at the forefront in implementing best practices in the aviation industry; and as responsible corporate citizens, we recognize the universal concern for the conservation of sharks and have stepped forward to lend our support to this important cause," says Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways. "We hope that collective action against shark fin trade will ensure protection of our fragile marine ecosystem."

"Through this award, we wish to honor Jet Airways for recognizing that sharks as apex predators are vital to a well-functioning marine ecosystem," says N. G. Jayasimha, Managing Director, Humane Society International/India. "We are delighted to find that industry giants such as Jet Airways are making vital contributions towards the protection of animals. The decision made by Jet Airways to ban the shipment of shark fins as cargo has helped bolster shark protection measures both in the country and worldwide. In the coming years, we hope that more members of the industry and government shall follow in this golden example and make prudent decisions for the welfare of animals."

The Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Awards acknowledge corporations, individual business people, and other innovators and entrepreneurs for their contributions to the advancement of animal welfare, and to inspire others to include humane concern for animals as a core aspect of corporate social responsibility. The Awards recognize the critical role that the marketplace plays in addressing animal issues and reinforce the Humane Society's positive commitment to the integration of humane principles within business and industry.

Jet Airways

Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 116 aircraft, which include a mix of Boeing 777-300 ERs/Airbus A330-200/300 aircraft, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s.Flights to 70 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brussels, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kathmandu, Kuwait, London (Heathrow), Muscat, New York (Newark), Paris, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto. Jet Airways is a member airline of Etihad Airways Partners.


Humane Society International

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations - backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes.