Mattel: Stop Selling Mega Rig Shark Ship
  • Petitioned Bob Normile

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MATTEL Senior VP General Counsel, Secretary
Bob Normile
VP-Intellectual Property for Mattel
Donald Aiken
Corporate Mattel
Senior VP Corporate Responsibility
Geoff Massingbred
SVP Corporate Responsibility
Lisa Klein
VP Consumer Products, North America
Diane Reichenberger
SVP Marketing, North America
Chuck Scothon
Mattel Brands PR
Rachel Cooper
VP of Corporate Affairs
Lisa Marie Bongiovanni
President - Mattel Brands
Neil Freidman
Treasurer and SVP Investor Relations is Dianne Douglas
Dianne Douglas
Customer Service
MATTEL Chairman of the Board
Robert Eckert
MATTEL Chief Executive Officer
Bryan Stockton, CEO
MATTEL CFO, Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Farr

Mattel: Stop Selling Mega Rig Shark Ship

    1. Jamin Martinelli
    2. Petition by

      Jamin Martinelli

      Lake Worth, FL

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Mattel has a product called the Mega Rig Shark Ship where kids can "[rescue] a diver from the jaws of a massive shark." The playset includes a harpoon and a "huge chomping shark with the fiercest teeth."

The Mega Rig Shark Ship perpetuates the shark attack myth -- teaching kids that sharks are fierce killers and deadly force should be used to eradicate them. In reality, shark attacks are rare. But while very few humans are injured by sharks, it is estimated that over 100,000,000 sharks are killed each year by people, mainly for their fins. Some shark populations have been depleted by over 90% and many more are rapidly on the decline, putting the species and our ocean ecosystem at risk.

Mattel is also falsely portraying how divers view sharks. The majority of divers are happy to see a shark while diving, not fearful for their lives, and most are strong advocates for shark protection and conservation. While Mattel is vilifying a species rapidly on the verge of extinction, governments around the world are passing laws to protect sharks.

Kids love sharks, but there are plenty of ways to make shark-friendly toys that don't promote dangerous misconceptions. As the largest manufacturer of toys in the world, Mattel has the opportunity to influence children to play in a way that promotes caring and protection for the world they live in. 

Tell Mattel to take the Mega Rig Shark Ship off the shelves.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. I'm offshore playing with my toothy friends

      Jamin Martinelli
      Petition Organizer

      I'll be diving with oceanic white tips until 6/4. Please keep this petition moving forward while I'm gone. Many thanks, Jamin

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Watch this Mike Black video about Mattel mega rig shark ship

      Jamin Martinelli
      Petition Organizer

      There are disturbing and graphics scenes

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      Shark fishing and finning is a disgrace, it's not sustainable and we are removing an apex predator which affects us all in the long term, it must stop!

    • Angela Blakely DANBURY, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      While so many organizations are trying to teach people to show kindness towards animals, Mattel promotes toys to encourage CHILDREN to learn violence towards them. The only thing worse than Mattel are parents who would actually buy this crap for their child.

    • Camryn Lee BRUSH PRAIRIE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      You are teaching children fear, hatred and the desire to kill a creature that does not deserve to be demonized. THey were created as part of their marine ecosystem. I will boycot Mattel when I purchase gifts for the children I know and care for.

    • Samir Soliman FRANKFURT, GERMANY
      • about 2 years ago

      do anything needed to save Sharks life

    • Joanne Moliski CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      A child's mind is so easily molded that it's irresponsible to let production of this toy continue. We have to stop misconceptions early, and this does nothing towards that cause.


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