Success: Cruel Hunters Will No Longer Get Away with Hurting Sharks

Target: Judge Simón Angulo

Goal: Applaud that shark finning and shark spining will be punished with prison time in Costa Rica.

The first-ever prison sentence for shark finning and shark spining has been ordered in Costa Rica, thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s End Cruel Shark Hunting Techniques. Applaud this victory toward deterring violence against sharks and its negative ecological impacts.

A judge in Costa Rica ordered a Taiwanese businesswoman to serve six months of jail time after customs and fishing officials found 652 shark fins and and 151 shark spines on board her ship. Shark finning involves pulling a shark out of the water and slicing off its fin to be used in a soup that’s considered a high-price delicacy.

Officials believe the fins that were still attached to spines were part of the ship’s effort to bypass a Costa Rican law which states fins must arrive to port attached to the bodies. By keeping only the spines, operators can save space on ships by not needing to have the fin attached to the full body of the shark.”

Even with this attempt to get around the law, Costa Rican judge Simón Angulo sentenced Hue Ju Tseng Chang to six months in jail. Applaud that these atrocious practices will now be punishable with jail time.


Dear Judge Angulo,

I’m writing to thank you for sentencing a Taiwanese woman to jail time for leading a ship filled with disgusting bundled up shark spines and fins into Costa Rica. Shark finning and shark spining are not only barbaric and painful for these innocent animals, but they are wiping out shark populations and disrupting ocean ecosystems.

It’s vital that these crimes are punished in order to deter them from continuing to happen. I applaud you for standing up for sharks and ocean ecosystems, and I hope that you continue to do so.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Very proud of Costa Rica for standing up against Shark spinning and finning! Well done!

  2. Great news. Thank you!

  3. IF. It pumps LIFE it’s equal to owning it’s permanent position here on earth…It’s only home.

  4. What happens after she serves her six month sentence? Will this stop her from exploiting and murdering more innocent sharks? She will probably continue with her despicable ways of savagely murdering these beautiful creatures out of sheer greed. She already knows the profit margins with shark fins and will go out and kill more unless she is given a longer jail sentence and fines for each murdered animal. Six months is not enough. Harsher punishments like longer jail time and excessive fines might deter some people from profiting off this vile industry.

  5. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Agree MC, massive fines, jail time, boats burned! That is the only way they will think twice about it.
    Very proud and pleased Costa Rica, God bless you for this Law.

  6. 6 months is not enough of jail time for this evil blood thirsty demon woman….take her hands off too the she will know how the poor sharks felt not able to swim and drowned painfully…this demonic woman needs to be fined for each shark she murdered and up the sentence to 10 years in jail…hope she dies in jail and the poor sharks live.

  7. that’s all the bitch lady got was 6 months not long enough time, she needs to be taught a lesson cut off her arms so she can feel some pain like those sharks felt something tragic needsto happen to her to.

  8. oh, this is very good news from Costa Rica! that hag will have the best time of her life during these 6 months. although really she should be locked up 4ever, most probably she will get back on business after these months are served.

  9. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared 👍🏼

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