A diver with a Sandtiger Shark, North Carolina
I have always been fascinated by sharks, and love diving with and around them. I've happily spent a lot of time, money and effort travelling to some of the more remote parts of the world to do just that.
I'm also a fully-fledged member of the 21st Century's online commerce ecosystem and was, until recently, a fairly regular customer of Amazon.com. Until today, that is, when I discovered that Amazon.com is carrying shark fin soup through a third-party vendor, Pacific Rim Gourmet.
Shark finning is a highly controversial, emotionally charged subject. Sharks are usually apex predators, and are an important indicator of the health of an oceanic ecosystem. Sharks tend to be slow breeders, and their populations are simply unable to support the level of harvesting that is currently being carried out.
In view of the devasatation being visited upon the world's shark population, and the horrible practices used to harvest fins, Amazon should be ashamed to be carrying shark fin soup and should rectify the problem immediately by pulling all shark fin products from their catalog.
What you can do:
- Leave feedback at Amazon's product page for Dragonfly Shark Fin Soup
Pacific Rim Gourmet
75-5660 Kopiko Street, Suite C7-210
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
- Spread the word through your webpage, blog, etc.
- Boycott Amazon.com until they comply.
- Join our discussion in the Wetpixel.com forum.
<modified from an original post on Wetpixel.com by Eric Cheng, with my own editorial opinion added>