Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book



Sharks Become Victims of Aquarium Trade as Demand Increases in Asia and Middle East

Sharks Become Victims of Aquarium Trade as Demand Increases in Asia and Middle East

We already know that 98 percent of all fish transported in the aquarium trade end up dying or are already dead before they arrive. And sharks, well, they just don’t have it any better with the shark fin trade that kills 100 million of them every year.

Now sharks are facing a similar threat as other marine fish, since they are in high demand right now at public aquariums in Asia and the Middle East.

“People like to see large fish in aquariums, so there’s a big market for this,” said Drew Christman, director of sales for forwarder Four Star Cargo, one of the aquarium world’s marine animal transporters, via Air Cargo World.

Four Star Cargo of Miami, Fla., carries both saltwater and freshwater fish across the world. Most recently, a Singapore resort requested the company’s services in transporting sharks, spotted eagle rays, an Atlantic grouper, and some tropical fish to his aquarium, reports Air Cargo World.

It’s very risky to transport any marine fish long distances, and especially sharks, whose lifespans in captivity are also quite low (some dying just within a year).

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how “safe” transport is made – wild animals, even those considered “captive bred,” should not be in captivity. They are not spectacles to be gawked at or pretty decorations for hotels and homes. They are needed in the wild, and that’s exactly where they should remain (or in the safe environment of a sanctuary).

Image source: rumpleteaser / Flickr

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

DKNY and Donna Karan Are Going Fur-Free!

DKNY and Donna Karan Are Going Fur-Free!

McDonald’s Plans to Cut Emissions By 36% By 2030 – Here’s How They Can Achieve That By FINALLY Adding a Vegan Burger

Famed Vegan Restaurant, Avant Garden, to Open New Location in Brooklyn!

Why Video of ‘Obsessed’ Lion Pawing at Toddler at Roadside Zoo Is Dangerous, Not Cute

Charge Farm Owners Who Left Hundreds of Animals to Starve With Animal Cruelty!

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

0 comments on “Sharks Become Victims of Aquarium Trade as Demand Increases in Asia and Middle East”

Click to add comment

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×