Last year after being challenged about Shark Cartilage Pills, GROUPON made the following annoucement,"in the future, we will also refrain from launching any deals involving any shark or shark fin related products." Sadly they HAVE NOT kept to this word and in May 2014 were found to be offering Shark Cartilage Pills again!!
When contacted, GROUPON USA stated that the statement came from GROUPON HONG KONG and that it is not a statement reflected by GROUPON USA.
So here we have Groupon Hong Kong/China being environmentally responsible, whilst Groupon USA continues to support the mass slaughter of sharks.
With shark species under serious threat of extinction, losing the oceans apex predator will throw the ocean ecosystems into chaos and collapse. GROUPON is a global entity that states that it is environmentally responsible, yet it supports the slaughter of 100-200 million sharks a year by selling shark products on it websites.
Many of the shark cartilage companies will have you believe that they only use by-product yet this is not the case. For example: one US owned factory in Punteranas-Costa Rica kills 2.2 million sharks a year for its shark cartilage products, sold exclusively to the US market.
The shark issue is truly a global crisis and this needs global decisions made by global companies. We hope that GROUPON will take responsibility and keep its promise from 2013.