The petition argues that by selling the products, the company is showing support for the industry, one that has long been fraught with conservation concerns. The petition reads:
With shark species under serious threat of extinction, losing the oceans apex predator will throw the ocean ecosystems into chaos and collapse. GROUPON is a global entity that states that it is environmentally responsible, yet it supports the slaughter of 100-200 million sharks a year by selling shark products on it websites.
Shark cartilage is a dried and powdered dietary supplement used to cure a number of ailments. But scientists have shown that there is no evidence for health benefits from the product, and that its use is largely steeped in pseudoscience.