Sterling Canyon reports the a jewelry company in the US Virgin Islands has been fined $4.5 million for dealing in Black Coral.
It is the largest fine in history for both illegal trade in coral and non-seafood wildlife trafficking and the fourth-largest penalty for any U.S. case involving the illegal trade of wildlife, according to the DOJ. Black Coral is on the Endangered Species list and is illegal to commit it to trade. Earlier this year, the Bernard K. Passman chain of jewelry stores was fined for the same illegal trading of endangered species. If you look at their website, they continue to sell Black Coral outside of the U.S. Shameful!
Gem Manufacturing, the V.I. company caught this time states that it supports the protection of the environment. Really? It is inexcusable to try to make a buck while destroying the environment. While manufacturing anything requires taking from the environment, taking a living creature that is on the verge of extinction simply to make money is beyond comprehension. One of Sterling Canyon’s policies is to protect the environment at all costs. Our packaging is 90% recyclable and our products have an environmental consiencious like no other. Shop Sterling Canyon today for the Holidays.