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    Thumbs up China's Largest Shopping Site Bans Sale of Shark Fin Products

    China's Largest Shopping Site Bans Sale of Shark Fin Products

    BEIJING, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW-www.ifaw.org.cn) congratulates Taobao (www.taobo.com.cn), China's largest shopping website for its ban on the sale of shark fin products on the site. Taobao.com announced to its 400 million online members that all shark fin products will be banned from trade on Taobao.com starting 1, January 2009.

    The announcement was made as part of a campaign IFAW and Taobao collaboratively initiated to combat online wildlife crime. In the unprecedented collaboration, IFAW and Taobao.com share information about online illegal wildlife trade and jointly raise consumer awareness about the detrimental impact wildlife trade has on species in the wild.

    Asia is the main market for shark fin products. In major cities in China, shark fin soup is readily available on the menu in restaurants. With the coming of Chinese New Year Festivals, shark fin soup consumption will significantly increase.

    However, fueled by big profit margins and the increase in shark fin consumption, overfishing of sharks is threatening more than 50 percent of the shark species with extinction. As top predators in the ocean, sharks play an important role in keeping ecosystem balance. However, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed globally each year.

    "Consuming shark fin is not only harmful to the marine biodiversity, but promotes the cruel practice of shark finning, where sharks had their fins cut off then thrown back into the ocean, still alive, die a horribly painful death." said Grace Gabriel, IFAW's Asia Regional Director. "It is our choice as consumers to say No to shark fin products. Consuming wildlife equals killing."

    Taobao's decision to ban shark fin was also applauded by its users. Active Taobao users also call on others to report online shark fin sales to site management when the notice takes effect in January. Netizen condemns the shark fin trade by posting shocking pictures of shark finning. According to this posting, 5000 Kilos of shark fin are consumed daily in China.

    Peter Pueschel, IFAW's Program Manager hailed the move. "This is really amazing and wonderful that the leading cyber market provider in the biggest shark fin consumer nation bans shark fins. What a strong signal to other auction sites and governments in other parts of the world!"
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    This is good news, and a surprising one as well.
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    good to hear!

    what made them change their shark fin policy?

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    You do relize that it is still legal to sell shark fin products here in the US?

    Here are some previous threads with information if you are interested.......

    http://forum.scubatoys.com/scuba-sto...-products.html

    http://forum.scubatoys.com/scuba-sto...nning-ban.html

    http://forum.scubatoys.com/scuba-sto...-loophole.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilDiver View Post
    You do relize that it is still legal to sell shark fin products here in the US?

    Here are some previous threads with information if you are interested.......

    http://forum.scubatoys.com/scuba-sto...-products.html

    http://forum.scubatoys.com/scuba-sto...nning-ban.html

    http://forum.scubatoys.com/scuba-sto...-loophole.html
    This reminds me:

    Recently, I walked into a Publix (local food market chain) and found shark for sale at the seafood counter. I was outraged! It was labeled as Product of the USA. I need to do some more digging and find out if it's actual shark or something else. If it is, I need to write to them
    3/4 of the Earth are covered by water and 1/4 by land. Clearly God intended us to spend 3 times as much time fishing and diving than mowing the lawn. - Wiz

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    this is great news...

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