STOP SHARK MEN
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STOP SHARK MEN

    1. Chris Hartzell
    2. Petition by

      Chris Hartzell

      Carmel, CA

The following people are boycotting NatGeo’s “Shark Men” as it uses potentially harmful research techniques to further a TV Reality Show.

 

The damaging effects of SPOT Tags bolted on the fins of sharks has already been well documented and proven. Further, the data gained by these tags has not only failed to show any ground breaking new science that has been pivotal in helping save the species, but in fact has proven the failure of the devices and capturing technique. Finally, the editing and style of the show depicts researchers as inexperienced and unprofessional and makes this more of a Reality Show than a Documentary.

 

National Geographic has a strong history of educating the world about wildlife. Has the company sold out its ethics to now promote harm to wildlife for TV ratings?

 

We ask National Geographic to suspend promotion of “Shark Men”, airing of “Shark Men”, and filming of “Shark Men” until they fully evaluate the hard data on the damaging effects of SPOT Tags.

 

We hope National Geographic will act responsibly in this matter and do the right thing, alleviating any possible negative publicity.

 

THERE ARE TWO PETITIONS. PLEASE SIGN THE OTHER ONE HERE... http://www.change.org/petitions/suspend-spot-tagging-permit-off-south-africa

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    • Taimi Taimi GHLEQMYHYGVVCD, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      Please note that National Geographic have totally disassociated themselves from the latest Ocearch project conducted by Chris Fischer and 30 'scientists' from 16 local and international organisations in South Africa. It was Fischer who led the local authorities here to believe that the footage he would collecting in SA would be used for the Shark Men series in order to get the permit. Nat Geo have not renewed the contract for the series.

      That said, the Ocearch project in SA is a complete farce - Fischer gets to pursue his passion for big-game fishing while collecting dramatic footage; the 'scientists' compromise their morals and ethics by condoning the methodology for the selfish motive of enhancing their CV's; the sharks suffer from inhumane treatment and other ocean users have to contend with a traumatised and disorientated Great White population in areas they don't usually visit!

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    • Maxine Garrett WELLS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I am surprised, and shocked, at National Geographic. This should be stopped immediately. I cannot understand how these people have been allowed to continue this barbaric behaviour. STOP IT NOW.

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    • Colin Garrett WELLS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      National Geographic should really reconsider the airing of these programs. As person with a lifelong interest in the oceans and sharks in particular, I had the greatest respect for all National Geographic material regarding 'sharks'. All of their magazine articles have always been very well researched and beautifully presented.

      I even mentioned on the UK Shark Trust website that the National Geographic Special video entitled 'The Sharks' is quite possibly one of the best documentaries of all time, it certainly ticked all the right boxes in showing sharks in a very positive light and helped me understand sharks even more at such a young age.

      Some of the contributers on that video included names such as Eugenie Clark, Dr John McCosker and Richard Ellis. These are people who have led the way in shark research and the way in which these magnificent animals are portrayed. It would being very interesting to know how they all feel about the 'Sharkmen' crew and their programs.

      I watch almost every program that is shown on tv featuring sharks, and upon seeing the Sharkmen series, I and my wife questioned the approached of the Sharkmen team and National Geographic promotion and support of it.

      Two questions are at the top of my list.Firstly, why has National Geographic supported a team who constantly say they are doing 'pioneering' research yet have shown nothing new and more importantly 'proved' nothing new?. And secondly, National Geographic appear to be making programs in the style of 'reality' tv which at times is painful to watch, I am sorry but the Sharkmen team come across as a bunch of cowboys with a lot of funding behind them having a jolly good time. If they care so much for white sharks and their future survival then surely the images of the sharks being hooked by themselves then dragged to an underwater platform, hoisted out of the water and drilled with holes to attach a satellite tag would be enough to turn their stomachs? As it does mine and I am sure, many other peoples.

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    • Alex Wright C, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      ANY MISTREATMENT OF SHARKS IN SUCH DELICATE TIMES ONLY ADDS TO THE ALREADY HUGE CRISIS SHARKS FACE! LEAVE THEM ALONE!

      www.facebook.com/sharkaiduk

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    • Volker Hoehne SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am appalled that this type of animal abuse to a top predator is being allowed under the guise of "research"

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