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Hey guys. There is a large thread on Shark-L (shark mailing list) about a petition against Alibaba.com, a large online trader of shark fins.

 

Sign the petition!

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/400108473

 

The practice of shark finning (where sharks have their fins cut off while still alive and are thrown back in the water to die) is brutal, wasteful, and often, illegal. A simple web search on shark finning will show you in mere minutes how terrible the practice is.

 

Please show your support for the world's dwindling shark populations by signing this petition against Alibaba.com, one of largest online traders of shark fins. Signing the petition takes less than a minute and requires only your name, e-mail address, and geographic location. You can also protect your privacy by showing yourself as "anonymous," if you wish.

 

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The practice of shark finning (where sharks have their fins cut off while still alive and are thrown back in the water to die) is brutal, wasteful, and often, illegal. A [url=http://www.google.com/search?q=shark+finning]web search for shark finning[/url] will show you in mere minutes how terrible the practice is.

Please show your support for the world's dwindling shark populations by signing this [url=http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/400108473]petition against Alibaba.com[/url], one of largest online traders of shark fins. Signing the petition takes less than a minute and requires only your name, e-mail address, and geographic location. You can also protect your privacy by showing yourself as "anonymous," if you wish. 

Petition URL: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/400108473
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Signed up right away.

 

I came accross this artibicle on Shark finning that had some of the best data i have seen to date. It came out in November (not sure how i missed it). Well worth the read:

 

New Estimates of the Shark-Fin Trade

"Clarke's computations indicate that the soup market may claim as many as 73 million sharks each year. However, she points out, even the median of her group's range of estimates, 38 million sharks, translates into an estimated 1.7 million metric tons of dead sharks."

http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061104/food.asp

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I crunched some shark-finning stats about eight years ago while working to encourage Hawaii to ban the sharkfin industry. To put the 1.7 million metric ton figure into a more tangible form, it is the equivalent of 14,667 loaded Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets or 17 modern aircraft carriers.

 

Incidentally, the movie "Sharkwater," due for theatrical release in the U.S. in the fall, might help mobilize some anti-finning action. I saw the film recently and despised it for a number of reasons, but I do hope it wakes up some people who haven't given shark finning much thought up until now.

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As a complement to the growing online petition requesting Alibaba.com to stop distributing shark fins in their website (2430 signatures and counting!),

 

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/400108473

 

 

we have also recently embarked on a mass e-mailing campaign directed at the CEO and public relations officers of Alibaba.com. To this end, we have constructed a template email containing detailed information about the practice and ecological consequences of shark finning as well as a direct link to the online petition site for the company to view. We are aiming to use the power of our growing number of signatures to make this company immediately aware of the fact that a large (and increasing) number of people around the world are learning about their current irresponsible business practice and the impact that their actions are having on our world's shark populations and marine ecosystems. We hope that the combination of these actions will prompt Alibaba.com to take immediate steps to correct this situation and remove shark fins from their product list, as Amazon.com did 2 months ago.

 

You can find the content of the template e-mail here:

 

 

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcbq44ng_3gv465j

 

 

We kindly urge you to take 5 minutes of your time to read this template, and then copy and paste it, sign your name at the bottom, and send it to the two public relations officers at Alibaba.com: Christina Splinder and Bruce Shu (their e-mail addresses are listed in the online document above).

 

THANKS!

 

J.

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hi guys,

 

have signed, and forwarded this on to some contacts to do similar.

 

very interesting article shawn. a about to post some images re unborns being finned.

 

mark

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