Remove Shark from MAGNIT's supermarket chain of 10k stores in Russia
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To the General Director of the MAGNIT supermarket network Galitsky SN and its employees.
We kindly ask you to remove shark meat from all Magnit grocery stores to benefit both your customers and our ocean's vital ecosystems.
According to laboratory test results, a large amount of methyl-mercury was detected in shark steak purchased from Magnit supermarket, exceeding the permissible GOST norm by 3 times (the documents are attached).
Even in small doses, methyl-mercury can create serious health problems such as:
-serious birth defects
-damage to the central nervous system
-infertility in men
Children can be harmed in even greater ways from dangerous doses of methyl-mercury, even sometimes resulting in a fatal outcome.
By consuming shark meat we not only harm ourselves, but to the environment as well.
For 450 million years, sharks have kept the oceans healthy and in balance, keeping populations of fellow marine life in check by feeding on the sick, dead, or dying individuals and acting as the “white blood cells” of the ocean. They’ve survived five mass extinctions and have even existed before trees, but unfortunately, we may be their downfall. Today, humans kill more than 2 sharks PER SECOND for things like shark fin soup, shark meat, and commercial and recreational fishing.
As a result, 90-95% of some species have been wiped out in just the past few decades and every second that goes by they become closer and closer to extinction.
Sharks are a keystone species. They feed at the top of the oceans' fragile and intertwined food chains. When they are removed the entire thing collapses, all the way down to even the phytoplankton that provide 50% of the oxygen we all breathe, regardless of how far we live from the sea. We should be VERY concerned about the effect a shark-less ocean.
We simply cannot afford to use them as a food source.
You can help by removing shark products from your supermarkets.
Keiko Conservation Russia
with the support of One Ocean Diving and Nakawe project.
Photo of Riley Elliott, shark scientist from New Zeland, taken by Amber Jones while studying the natural behavior of blue sharks.
Note: Our previous petition, made in early 2017, resulted in the largest sushi restaurant chain in Russia "Sushi Wok" removing shark meat items off their menu after finding them financially unprofitable.
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