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Email Campaign Initiated Against China's 'Irresponsible' Alibaba.com Over Shark Fin Marketplace
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MIAMI, Florida -- The Ocean Realm Society will join an email campaign opposing the business practice of the online trader Alibaba.com to allow the posting of shark parts for purchase and sale.

According to the company web site, Alibaba.com Corporation is China's leading e-commerce company, operating the world's largest online marketplaces for both international and domestic China trade, as well as China's most popular online payment system, AliPay. Alibaba.com also owns and operates Yahoo! China, which it acquired in October of 2005.

According to founder Richard H. Stewart, the Ocean Realm Society will enthusiastically support an email write-in campaign initiated by noted underwater photographer Wolfgang Leander, who currently resides in Bolivia. Leander’s ‘shark-finning’ story is featured in the current edition of the Ocean Realm Journal, the society’s publication for which he servers as a contributing editor.

“We are asking our members,” said Stewart, “as well as those of other environmentally-oriented organizations, to express their outrage. This irresponsible action by Alibaba.com provides shark traders a method to buy and sell shark body parts.”

A recent search on the Alibaba website turned up 71 postings by 335 companies listing 169 shark-related products. This type of business platform serves only to fuel the senseless slaughter of sharks, said Leander, further decimating a population that, by some accounts, is being reduced at the rate of one hundred million sharks per year.

“Eliminating demand is the only effective method for disrupting the supply line,” said Stewart. “This effort to convince Alibaba.com that it’s website contributes to a global problem, could have a positive effect.”

Responding to Stewart's campaign to stop the trade of shark fins, Porter Erisman, VP of Alibaba.com, has vowed to review the policy with members and have a comment in late November.

To see the scope of global shark buying visit http://importer.alibaba.com/buyeroffers/Shark.html.

To see Alibaba.com management visit http://importer.alibaba.com/buyeroffers/Shark.html.

To locate the Alibaba.com office nearest you visit http://importer.alibaba.com/buyeroffers/Shark.html.

To voice your concerns about Alibaba.com shark trade postings visit their website.

Views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of UnderwaterTimes.com, its staff or its advertisers.

Reader Comments

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I work in the shark Cage diving industry in South Africa and a lot of our educational work for tourists concerning sharks is centered around the finning trade. It is so appauling how this trade can continue around the world at the rate it is. Once our sharks are gone the worlds oceans as we no them will cease to exist. Add to that the major impact of Global warming and dimming and we have a major catastrophe on an unpresedented scale within a few years. Yes,it's that close and that serious! We on all the shark boats are pushing the public to act in the defence of these magnificent creatures at the first possible instance.People must act and act NOW.
   comment# 1   - Mike Ladley · UK/South Africa · Nov 7, 2006 @ 12:46am

Having never been informed of this serious issue before, I was suprised to learn that sharks were threatened to this extent. It was only after Rob Stewart, director of the recent film 'Sharkwater', presented his case to my school that this was brought to my attention. I find it disgusting that shark finning and longlining continue to thrive while our oceans are being stripped. Sharks have been around for billions of years-they've survived natural disasters, other species, and many other catastrophic events, and now humans are slaughtering them. I just don't find it fair. I would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved as soon as possible in any way possible. I know I will.
   comment# 2   - Valerie Groom · Canada · Apr 11, 2007 @ 11:25am

I found out about shark finning recently and I was so disgusted and outraged to know that this is going on that I started a myspace page on it: http://www.myspace.com/stop_shark_finning I am also setting up a web site- http://www.stopsharkfinning.net Please everybody, do all you can to spread the word about this. Write to Alibaba, politicians in your country, sign petitions, speak to restaurant owners who sell shark fin soup, tell your friends. We're running out of time.
   comment# 3   - Dave · Madrid, Spain · Apr 28, 2007 @ 9:14am

Ali Baba should be shut down, its not just a marketplace for shark fin its a marketplace for the sharks, it is so easy to con a buyer and Ali Baba should be shut down, what they are trying to do is a good idea but it is open to abuse. NEVER BUY FROM CHINA...
   comment# 4   - stuart fox · scotland · Jul 18, 2008 @ 8:06am

hello, how can we get expect that Alibab will be the ecommerece leader in china in the future? and how can Alibaba generates its revenuse?
   comment# 5   - yad · ankara · Jul 19, 2009 @ 10:21am
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