Monday, January 08, 2007

 

A Fine Delicacy for Careless People

A Message from Oceana:

I've bought books, cds and more from Amazon.com over the years. And I even turned to the online megastore for some last minute holiday shopping a few weeks ago. But those purchases may be last, now that I've seen Amazon is selling the "delicacy" shark fin soup, aka threatened species in a can.


>> Take action! Tell Amazon to drop the soup

Shark finning involves cutting off the shark's fins while it is still alive, and then tossing the body back into to the sea, dead or dying. Finning only utilizes 2 - 5 percent of the entire animal, throwing away sources of protein and potential commercial and medicinal products.


Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year to support the international shark fin market, threatening already overexploited shark populations around the world. And millions more are accidentally caught as victims of dirty fishing. Sharks are slow-growing and long-lived animals, and often their populations cannot bounce back from the incredible fishing pressure placed upon them for their fins. In fact, one-fifth of all shark species are considered threatened with extinction according to the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) 2006 Red List of Threatened Species.

Consumer pressure has already gotten Amazon to discontinue carrying canned shark fin soup from Pacific Rim Gourmet. Now, it's time to get it to discontinue ALL shark fin products. Roland's shark fin soup has generated customer discussions such as, "Amazon should be ashamed of carrying such products - Remove it" and has prompted consumers to "tag" the item with tags like "extinction," "endangered species," "morally wrong," "animal cruelty," and "senseless."

We can't afford to let sharks disappear because of a rare culinary dish. They are the top predators of the ocean, and without them we will lose the species diversity and ecosystem balance they help maintain. Please contact Amazon's customer service and investor relations now, and tell them to remove this terrible product.

For the oceans,
Suzanne Suzanne Garrett
Campaign Project Manager

P.S. Want to do even more? You can contact the soup company directly at:
American Roland Food Corp
71 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. [Ecclesiastes Qoh 9:12]

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