You may have never looked it this way, but in order to supply the market with cheap shrimp, some of the most popular American corporations are importing it at super-cheap prices from Thailand. The workers there live in torture, like in slavery, working for no pay 20 hours a day. Therefore, think about all the amounts of imported shrimp that’s processed by slaves, including children.
By buying and selling shrimp exported from Thailand every year, Walmart and Costco are contributing to the chaos. No wonder Walmart and Costco are such “successful” businesses.
What else can be bought for minimal amounts of money, made by slaves, tortured mentally and physically, while working 20-hour days for zero pay?
So, you should not wonder how they can manage to pay for all those expensive advertisements on TV. No wonder these huge American corporations can afford to advertise, during prime time, or during the Superbowl, and have billboards near every major highway exit, and full-page/full-color ads on the back page of newspapers.
This is exactly what corporations are doing to America, supporting this, and adding to the “behind-closed-doors” slavery. However, is it bad, if you know about the criminal activity, to continue buying from the same perpetrators?
Hence, real advertising revenue is generated by selling super-cheap shrimp, and we’re talking about farm- raised shrimp that are fed toxic non-edible seafood and processed by tortured slaves.
J.D. Heyes in his report for Natural News‘ stated that:
A 2013 report by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) titled “The Hidden Cost: Human Rights Abuses in Thailand’s Shrimp Industry” notes that the country is the largest exporter of shrimp in the world, exporting over 392,000 tons in 2011; 46 percent of that shrimp went to the U.S., while Thailand accounted for more than 10 percent of Europe’s total shrimp imports.
The report also suggested that “The shrimp industry is heavily reliant on migrant workers, many of whom are trafficked and face arduous journeys before having to endure abusive conditions in Thailand’s exploitative shrimp factories. Due to a desire to keep costs as low as possible, major exporting companies often subcontract to external pre-processing facilities. These facilities, also referred to as ‘peeling sheds’, remove the heads, veins and hard shell of shrimp and prepare it for secondary or value-added processing. This pre-processing stage of production is the most labor-intensive and least regulated aspect of an otherwise sophisticated supply chain. This informal nature makes it particularly prone to poor working conditions, breaches of national and international labor standards, child and forced labor, exploitation and abuse.”
The Walmart website advertises their goods as follows:
Get your slavery shrimp right here, extra large (farm raised) raw, peeled and de-veined!
Moreover, on the same website, you can also find this review— dated 05/19/2014: “Purchased 5 packages of this shrimp and so far have used 3. The first 2 had exactly 22 shrimp in the packages. Not quite the 26 minimum I was expecting. The third package had just 20. Now I’ve got a problem. I’m getting nearly 30% less than I expected from the package. Very dissatisfied.”(www.walmart.com)
As you can see, it seems that Wally World (Walmart) can’t even sell “slavery shrimp” without shorting the customer some pieces.
Furthermore, Costco shrimp is also imported from Thailand.
If you consider the price, two pounds of tail-off shrimp under 16 bucks cannot avoid being suspicious. The price is extremely low, as you can’t get half of that in a restaurant. Do you have a membership to the slave-labor support group?
The following is customer review from Costco’s website:
“I eagerly tried it. It’s made of shrimp, but it doesn’t really taste like shrimp, because so much of the normal taste that one enjoys of shrimp is the texture that one gets from individual shrimps. I tried varied things, and then tossed the rest of the box (more than 80 percent).”(reviews.costco.com)
According to this, we can conclude that this shrimp lacks the “normal taste” and “texture”. Furthermore, even though shrimp is the number one seafood eaten in America, from shrimp cocktail and shrimp dip to shrimp scampi, sushi rolls and as sashimi, you should completely change your perspective.
Think about the devastating ocean life and degrading mangrove habitats, mixed with some toxic industry pollution, slave labor and Fukushima cesium-137 radiation. Would you still consume it?
Instead, consider eliminating all farm-raised shrimp, and boycott all imported wild shrimp, as their place should not be in your diet. Humanity and biodiversity are worth it!