Tag Archives: Slavery

I’ll take the shrimp stir-fry, but can you hold the slavery please?!

I’ll take the shrimp stir-fry, but can you hold the slavery please?!

Last week, the Guardian published a video and article that chronicles the slavery behind sourcing raw material for farmed shrimp feed. 6 months in the making, it explains the hardships endured by migrant workers that are sold to captains of Thai fishing boats. Once enslaved, they do not see land for months or years at a time. They fish for ‘trash’ fish, which are usually the by-catch of a different intended catch like tuna. This ‘trash’ fish is not marketable to global markets in developed countries so it is sent to processing plants to be converted into fish meal and/or fish oil for farming shrimp. Shrimp, by comparison, occupy a huge percentage of the world seafood trade. The U.S. consumes more shrimp than any other country in the world. Even more surprisingly, about 90 percent of the shrimp available in the U.S. is imported, and about half of that is unsustainably farmed (not wild-caught). Continue reading

Walmart shrimp supplier faces accusations of human rights violations

Walmart shrimp supplier faces accusations of human rights violations

A Walmart shrimp supplier, Narong Seafood, has come under fire in recent days, accused of violations of both Thai law and international human rights standards. A briefing paper released on June 6th by Warehouse Workers United (WWU) and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) outlines and documents serious worker abuse in a shrimp processing factory in Samutsakron, Thailand. The brief – “The Walmart Effect: Child and Worker Rights Violations at Narong Seafood” – highlights the frustrating fact that despite reform initiatives such as the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification inhumane conditions and workers’ rights violations continue to plague the industry. Continue reading

Love Eating Prawns? Think Twice Before Biting Into One!

Love eating prawns? You’ll go right off them after we tell you what THEY are fed on

  • ‘I’ll never eat a king prawn again’ says Wickens after seeing Thai prawn trade
  • The environment is left devastated and polluted by unscrupulous trawlers
  • Trafficked labourers from Burma and Cambodia work in appalling conditions

By JIM WICKENS