Stop Featuring Shark as Food
  • Petitioned FOOD NETWORK

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Stop Featuring Shark as Food

    1. Jessica Belsky
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Belsky

      Santa Monica, CA

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August 2011

Victory

Sharks are in hot water, with nearly one-third of shark species threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In fewer than 10 days after the launch of a Change.org petition urging the Food Network to stop featuring shark as food, the media company removed all shark recipes from its Web site and committed to not use shark as an ingredient in the future.

Sharks are apex predators. As such, they keep entire oceanic ecosystems in check. By feeding on other species, they are vital to our oceans. 

Sadly, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, as many as one-third of all shark species are threatened with extinction or are close to becoming threatened. Because shark populations are in such dire straits, there's no reason for people to be eating these threatened swimmers.

Food Network and its properties are the predominant places to find food television programming. The channel boasts its own magazine, and recipes are also featured on the Food Network's Web site and its other Web properties (including recipes with shark meat as an ingredient).

Tell Food Network that you want a policy stating that shark will not be featured as an ingredient on air, in the magazine, or in recipes posted on Food Network-owned Web sites.

Photo: USFWS Pacific

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Shark Attack Survivors Become Conservationists

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      According to a new story in "The Atlantic," even shark attack survivors are becoming shark conservationists. Will the Food Network jump on the bandwagon and protect sharks?

    2. Sharks Populations In Great Decline

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Some species of shark have declined by as much as 90 percent in recent years, mainly due to commercial fishing. Tell the Food Network to promote shark conservation--not shark destruction.

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. Progress! Food Network Takes Down Shark Recipes

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      After our campaign turned on the pressure, the Food Network took down its recipes featuring shark as an ingredient. Now let's get the network to commit to a firm, public, no-shark policy for all of its properties.

    5. Shark Week May be Over, but Campaign Lives On

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" may have come to a close this weekend, but our campaign to the Food Network is still going strong. Help protect sharks. Tell the Food Network to commit to a shark-free policy!

    6. Reached 25,000 signatures
    7. Pacific Islands Create Shark Sanctuary

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      A group of Pacific Islands have banded together to create a much-needed shark sanctuary. Will the Food Network make the same commitment to protecting threatened sharks?

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Stronger Protections Needed for Sharks

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      From the San Francisco Bay Guardian: "Conservationists Say Stronger Protections Needed for Sharks"

    10. 5 Ways to Take Action During "Shark Week"

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” - an annual, week-long series featuring shark-centric television programming - kicked off this Sunday, July 31st. The same week as the hugely popular series, tens of thousands of environmental activists are...

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. Shark Populations in Dire Straits

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, one-third of shark species are currently threatened with extinction. We need sharks in the oceans--not on our plates.

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    Reasons for signing

    • A N OTTAWA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Thanks Jessica Belsky for starting this petition, and a very big thanks to Food Network for listening!

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    • christine krol BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a lifelong fisherman and seafood lover. It's incredibly ignorant to feature any recipe with shark. Get with it!

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    • Doug Brubaker VICTORIA BC, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Sharks are necessary to keep our oceans healthy. Sharks are the wolves of the ocean. Like the wolves the sharks weed out the weak and make for a stronger species of prey. It is a shame that sharks are endangered. The United Nations should ban shark hunting and individual countries should ban shark fin soup. The Food Network should stop promoting the eating of sharks and should remove shark recipes from their website

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    • Carrie Khaddour MURPHY, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Please stop promoting the consumption of Shark-Numbers are fast Deteriorating from each of these species-once something like this is promoted it gets carried away,and can have devastating results on an already threatened species-we are loosing approximately 10 species of nature in any given year,that are gone forever-the Eco system cannot continually recover from massive imbalances -creating consumer demand is a promotion of such -Thankyou -our forethought in such matters is helping our world tomorrow !

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    • William Burns TACOMA, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Sharks are disappearing from the oceans. We have the technology to find all of them and cause the collapse of the species. We have done this to other species. We can do it to them. This ecocide of the planet must stop. Killing them and other species will eventually kill us.

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