12 Oct '17, 1pm

Trader Joe's Stops Buying Mexican Shrimp After Pressure to Protect Vaquita

Conservation organizations announced Wednesday that Trader Joe's has declared it will stop buying shrimp from Mexico . The popular grocery store chain's decision follows pressure from organizations behind the Boycott Mexican Shrimp campaign , launched earlier this year to save the vaquita , the world's smallest porpoise, from decades of decline due to entanglement in shrimp fishing gear. Trader Joe's declaration comes as Mexican authorities prepare this week to capture some of the fewer than 30 remaining vaquita in the Upper Gulf of California before all are lost to entanglement. The announcement puts new pressure on companies like Amazon that still sell Mexican shrimp. The boycott—supported by more than 45 organizations, including the Animal Welfare Institute , Center for Biological Diversity and Natural Resources Defense Council —aims to conserve the vaquita by convincin...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/trader-joe-mexican-shrimp-249588...

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