Disney has scrapped plans to serve shark's fin soup at its Hong Kong theme park, citing its failure to locate sustainably harvested supplies of the delicacy. The U-turn follows an international outcry by conservationists - who last night hailed the decision. The controversy has showed no signs of abating, with schoolchildren signing petitions against the serving of shark fin - one of which was presented by West Island School pupils yesterday. Disney's vice-president for public affairs, Irene Chan Man-tuen, said: 'After careful consideration and a thorough review process, we were not able to identify an environmentally sustainable fishing source, leaving us no alternative except to remove shark's fin soup from our wedding banquet menu. 'The banquet team will serve guests other menu alternatives in order to meet the objective of creating a celebration which reflects respect for Chinese customs.' The Disneyland hotel had been planning to offer shark's fin on wedding banquet menus if diners requested it. Following protests, Disney said it would source its shark fins only from what it described as 'reliable and responsible suppliers' who guarantee not to hunt endangered species or engage in 'finning' - where fins are cut off. It also undertook to hand diners leaflets about the damage caused by eating the dish. Disney had previously refused to bow to pressure to withdraw the dish, saying that although it took environmental stewardship 'very seriously' it also had a duty to be 'sensitive to the local cultures'. Nearly all top restaurants and hotels in Hong Kong offer the dish, the company pointed out. Don Robinson, group managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland, said: 'Striking the right balance between cultural sensitivities and conservation has always been our goal.' Markus Shaw, chairman of WWF Hong Kong, said: 'I would like to congratulate Disney. It is probably the only correct decision. Nevertheless, it is a brave thing to do.' Mr Shaw said he hoped Disney's actions would set an example for others to follow. Tam Kei-man, campaigns manager for Greenpeace China, said: 'We welcome this decision. We don't want to see sharks end up like the whale because of overfishing.'