HEPCA, in 2010, was once again in another clash with one of the largest hypermarkets in Egypt and a brand of international standing, Carrefour, who was openly selling baby sharks in their store in Maadi, Cairo. As Carrefour was about to find out, sale of shark meat is an irresponsible act that endangers the well-being of their clientele not to mention the future of the planet.
Sharks are currently being sold on the Egyptian market and exported overseas. Overfishing and consumption of sharks and their fins are serious threats to human health, the environment and our economy.
Four years ago, HEPCA assisted to secure legislation that banned shark finning in Egyptian waters, which led to widespread condemnation of those who flouted the ban, both in fishing and selling shark meat. As a result, Egypt was honored as Shark Guardian of the Year in 2006.
So without question, HEPCA went into action with their "Stop the Sale of Shark at Carrefour" and pressured the Egyptian Government to intervene to stop shark trading and to ensure a ban on the export of shark meat.
Then, STOP PRESS! 26.03.10 - CAMPAIGN SUCCESS!
Carrefour Egypt issued a statement to confirm that they stopped to sell shark in their stores.
HEPCA thanks Carrefour for complying so promptly and thank all those who added their voice to this campaign.
We, as consumers, must take in consideration the choices we make in regard to specialty or exotic goods and the impact it may have on the environment. From the perspective of socio-economics, an estimated annual income, from the tourism industry, of a single shark, at Brothers Islands, is EGP 1,250,000 per year. Carrefour sells juvenile sharks at L.E. 30 per kg!
Surely, this is something to ponder.