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A Factory in China Is Slaughtering Endangered Whale Sharks

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A Chinese non-profit wildlife organization exposed what they believe to be the largest whale shark-processing factory in the world PETITION attached

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Kit B (276)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:01 pm
A scene from the whale shark processing factory, where the endangered species are turned into meat, medicinal supplements and cosmetics. (Photo: Wildlife Riskl)

Shut Down World’s Largest Shark Slaughterhouse:


A Hong Kong-based non-profit organization called WildLifeRisk just exposed what it calls "the world's largest slaughtering facility for whale sharks," an endangered species. The facility, operating near the southeastern Chinese city of Wenzhou, processes an estimated 600 whale sharks each year, WildLifeRisk reports. The animals' parts and oils are used to make cosmetics, processed as traditional Chinese medicine, turned into leather and served in shark fin soup, according to the report.

The factory, which goes by the name "China Wenzhou Yueqing Marine Organisms Health Protection Foods Co Ltd," relies on middle men who source the 20 ton animals, which can fetch up to $30,000 each, says Business Insider. The sharks are caught off the coast of China during yearly migrations, WildLifeRisk found duirng its three year investigation.

The non-profit also put together this footage, compiled from clips of undercover interviews with the whale shark company's general manager:

****Video at Site****


By: Rachel Nuwer | Smithsonian Magazine |

Rachel Nuwer writes for Smart News and is a contributing writer in science for She is a freelance science writer based in Brooklyn.

PETITION: Shut Down World’s Largest Shark Slaughterhouse

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Mike S (86)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:24 pm
Petition signed. Thanks for posting Kit.

JL A (281)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:45 pm
Signed via email, noted now. Thanks for posting Kit.

Debbie G (306)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:52 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 4:01 pm
Nothing shocks where China is involved. Signed earlier-thx Kit

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 5:30 pm
Your signature has been recorded. S.S.N
Ditto what Natasha said.

Carol H (40)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 8:29 pm
done, when will the Chinese STOP !

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 8:30 pm
my classmate's ex-wife makes USA dollars===73 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for 8 months but last month her pay check was USA dollars===21761 just working on the laptop for a few hours. try this out ....,,,..,.

Raman V (47)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 8:35 pm
Signed and flagged spam.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 9:00 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks for the link Kit.

Spam flagged.

Laurie H (817)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 9:27 pm
Thank you Kit---signing everything I can find on this disgust!!!~ Reported spam as well.~

Michael A (28)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 10:29 pm

Bridget Robertson (106)
Monday February 3, 2014, 1:19 am
Noted. Signed Thank you Kit.

Sylvie A (193)
Monday February 3, 2014, 3:35 am
Notée, signée. Merci.

Rekha S (0)
Monday February 3, 2014, 6:20 am
Absolutely shocking and unacceptable!

Ruth C (87)
Monday February 3, 2014, 9:09 am
Signed, thank you Kit.

Sherri G (128)
Monday February 3, 2014, 5:39 pm
Leave it to China. This must be stopped. TY Kit Noted

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 7:43 am
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