There Is One Company that Could Put a Big Dent in the Shark Fin Trade Overnight

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    There Is One Company that Could Put a Big Dent in the Shark Fin Trade Overnight - Motherboard

    Over the course of seven weeks last fall, workers in Costa Rica allegedly filled 194 sacks with dried fins that had been sawed off the backs of an estimated 15,000 sharks. In six separate shipments weighing one ton each, the fins flew over the Pacific Ocean, miles above the waves. When they finally reached their destination 10,000 miles away, the small gray triangles were unloaded, sack by sack, and dropped into soups across Hong Kong.

    The company hired to ferry the fins across the ocean to Hong Kong is the biggest delivery company on Earth: United Parcel Service, or UPS. And despite outcry, UPS isn’t saying how many more shipments of shark fin it makes—or whether it has plans to stop.

    According to an export certificate by Costa Rica’s National Animal Health Service, UPS isn’t shipping just any old shark fin, either. The documents show that, working with China Airlines, UPS shipped the fins of several species of shark that are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. The listing connotes that the species is facing “a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future.”
  2. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    The company would pimp their grandma's if they thought they could make a buck.

    There's no telling what else the company is transporting that the public doesn't know about.
  3. worldwide

    worldwide Active Member

    Is UPS breaking any laws by transporting these fins?

    Last time I checked, UPS is not a non-profit organization.
  4. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    Let's not worry about creating an imbalance in the ecosystem or any species becoming extinct.....let's just worry about the almighty dollar.

    I'm guessing the company doesn't worry about the
    byproducts of ivory taken from rhino and elephant tusks illegally either.

    Stay classy!
  5. worldwide

    worldwide Active Member

    Again, what law is UPS breaking?

    Should UPS "second guess" what the contents of every shipment are and make a decision on what to carry based on the court of public opinion? Oh, some people don't like guns? Lets not carry them. Oh, some people think too much sugar is bad for your health? Lets not carry any products with too much sugar.

    BTW, any article made from ivory is prohibited from import into the US in the UPS system by the Fish & Wildlife Service. Details are in the UPS tariff posted on

    Stay educated!
  6. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

  7. worldwide

    worldwide Active Member

    Glad you are happy on your high horse. Hope the UPSers in the air cargo division that get reduced hours or are displaced are as happy as you. Oh well, not your problem, you are happy and content in your ethical world. #sharklivesmatter

    One other item...shark fins are sexy for the news and a great rallying point but the finning issue is very small in the overall scheme of things. Stay focused on the small things.

    "But there is a much greater problem here — one that’s being largely ignored by a vocal community of internet activists, says marine biologist and shark expert David Shiffman. Shark finning, he told Motherboard, is a problem — but a small one. Compared with overfishing, the fin trade is tiny, though the media may not treat it that way.

    “Finning is an increasingly small subset of the shark overfishing crisis that gets a disproportionate amount of attention,” Shiffman said. “A focus by many activists on how sharks are killed (finning), or what you can do what sharks' bodies after they are killed (the fin trade), instead of how many sharks are killed (overfishing), is not helping threatened species to recover.”

    Shiffman’s got a point. The global trade in shark meat is very different from the trade in shark fin, and they often interact is complex and unexpected ways. For instance, as a recent report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization pointed out, a push for legislation to ban shark finning and the trade in fins over the last decade has actually resulted in a spike in the market for shark meat. While the global trade in shark fins has slightly decreased since 2000, the trade in shark meat has increased by 42 percent."