Yahoo! Invests in Shark Finning

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was recently alerted to Yahoo! Inc.'s investment in the deplorable shark fin industry. Yahoo! is a 40% owner of Alibaba, a Chinese company that trades in shark fins and contributes to the senseless and agonizing deaths of sharks worldwide.

Sea Shepherd has received numerous inquiries in recent weeks about the removal of its listings from GoodSearch and Freelanthropy Search, search engines that contribute a portion of the proceeds from each search to the nonprofit organization of the user's choice. Regrettably, these search engines are powered by Yahoo!, and despite its support of their mission in theory, Sea Shepherd simply cannot in good conscience benefit from a company such as Yahoo! that invests in the despicable shark fin industry.

In September 2007, Sea Shepherd Founder and President, Captain Paul Watson, wrote a letter to the President of Yahoo! asking, "Is this the legacy that you want Yahoo to leave-the destruction of the world's sharks for shark fin soup in China?" He did not receive a reply. Sea Shepherd urges its supporters to voice their opposition to shark finning by writing a letter to Yahoo! and its partners. Tell them you will not use their services until they STOP condoning the violent murder of innocent sharks.

Click here to read Captain Watson's letter to Yahoo!

Send your own letter to the addresses listed below:

Susan Decker, President
Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Phone: (408) 349-3300
Fax: (408) 349-3301

Yahoo! China
9/F, Tower A, Winterless Center
No.1 West Da Wang Lu
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100026, China
Phone: +86-10-6598-6666
Fax: +86-10-6598-6660

Alibaba Group
International Headquarters

Room 2403-05 Jubilee Centre
18 Fenwick Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 2215-5100
Fax: (852) 2215-5200