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Cheap seafood costs too much in human suffering

Posted by Willie — 14 December 2015 at 1:09pm - Comments
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Children and teenagers sit together to be registered by officials during a raid on a shrimp shed in Samut Sakhon, Thailand.

About 8 years ago, I had the joy of doing a live news interview from a fish processing factory in Grimsby. Being in a fish processing factory in Grimsby was fine, it was wearing a hair net on national TV that wasn’t.

The story being discussed was seafood brand Young’s decision to ship UK-caught shrimp all the way to Thailand and back, a move that was ‘better’ in terms of CO2 emissions, and cheaper for consumers.

But what price do we pay for cheap seafood?

John West owner Thai Union allegedly connected to forced labour and child labour - Greenpeace statement

Last edited 14 December 2015 at 12:10pm
14 December, 2015

An Associated Press investigation released today has found that Thai Union, owner of John West in the UK, has again been connected to forced labour, child labour and horrific working conditions in Thailand. The investigation followed trucks transporting prawns from the Gig Peeling Factory to major Thai exporting companies, and then tracked where the product ended up globally.

The investigation found that migrants, including children, were forced to work for little or no pay peeling prawns which ended up in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Greenpeace investigation reveals new incidents of forced labour on Thai-operated vessels

Last edited 4 November 2015 at 1:02pm
4 November, 2015
Bangkok, 4 November 2015 – John West owner, Thai Union Group, has not done enough to alleviate concerns over human rights abuses in the company’s tuna supply chain despite recent media scrutiny of its business operations, according to a Greenpeace investigation.

The report features new interviews with survivors of trafficking and forced labour in Indonesia who faced abuse and food deprivation on Thai-operated fishing vessels. These ships transferred their tuna and other fish to a Thai carrier vessel, Marine One, which is owned by Thailand’s Silver Sea Line Co. Ltd – the same company implicated in a recent Associated Press investigation for transporting seafood caught using forced labour to a Thai Union supplier.

Greenpeace lifts the lid on John West’s tuna

Last edited 28 October 2015 at 8:56am
28 October, 2015

  • Giant tuna tin sculpture installed outside John West’s Liverpool HQ
  • Projected films show Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the people of Liverpool slamming John West and its owner Thai Union over environmental destruction and links to human rights abuses

Wednesday 28th October, 2015, Liverpool - At 6.30am this morning Greenpeace activists installed an enormous, provocative, sculpture outside tuna company John West’s Liverpool HQ, to protest against the company’s destructive fishing practices and to highlight John West’s owner Thai Union’s links to human rights abuses.

Customer outrage over tuna giants John West and Thai Union

Posted by Ariana Densham — 21 October 2015 at 10:56am - Comments
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on John West's broken sustainability promise

Tuna has finally gone mainstream, following the outcry in the media that John West* has broken its sustainability and traceability promises. 

We’ve reached millions of people, from This Morning with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, to The Times front page and countless other newspapers, everyone is outraged by the embarrassing progress John West has made meeting its sustainability promise to customers. 

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