Fed Ex- Stop the Shipment of Shark Fin

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Each year, fins from as many as 100 million sharks enter the global market. Moreover, approximately 50 million sharks die annually as bycatch in unregulated and indiscriminate longline, gillnet, and trawl fisheries.  As of 2014, 30 percent of sharks and related species (e.g., rays and chimaera) are threatened with extinction. The trade in shark fin is causing the imminent extinction of many species of sharks.

Given the myriad and unsustainable threats that sharks face, we must take action to ensure these animals will remain an integral part of our oceans. Eliminating the shark fin trade removes one of the biggest impediments to the continued survival of endangered shark species like hammerhead and oceanic white-tip sharks.

 Although shark finning is illegal in the USA, the sale and trade of fins is still allowed in most US states and shark fins are imported and re-exported thereby contributing to shark finning and other illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing of sharks. The trade in shark fin is increasing shark catch, placing more pressure on threatened species and is driving overfishing of many shark species.

The transport of shark fin mixes endangered species, protected species with legally caught animals, and thereby contributes to decline of shark species globally. 

We ask Fed Ex to join 35 airlines including UPS, DHL and Air China and stop facilitating this unsustainable trade of endangered and threatened sharks.