A factory used to gut and package the endangered whale shark was discovered in China recently by WildLifeRisk, a Hong Kong-based non-profit organization.
In an undercover investigation, WildLifeRisk found that roughly 600 whale sharks are slaughtered annually at the factory, named the "China Wenzhou Yueqing Marine Organisms Health Protection Foods Co Ltd." The sharks oils are used in health supplements.
WildLifeRisk said in a statement:
How these harmless creatures, these gentle giants of the deep, can be slaughtered on such an industrial scale is beyond belief. It’s even more incredible that this carnage is all for the sake of non-essential lifestyle props such as lipsticks, face creams, health supplements and shark fin soup. We are calling on China’s regulatory authorities to enforce the international agreements on this illegal activity now, before these animals are brought closer to extinction.
The video below shows the factory and undercover interviews with factory managers.