Cancel Shark Hunters - Stop Supporting the Killing of Sharks
The NBC Sports show Shark Hunters glorifies and promotes the killing of sharks, amazing animals already under pressure from overfishing, finning and environmental pollution. And all three of the species hunted on Shark Hunters are listed as "Vulnerable" by The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
The show features three tournaments that give financial prizes for bringing in dead sharks from 3 species: mako, thresher and porbeagle. NBC should not be glamorizing the killing of vulnerable sharks under the pretense of "sport" or "sustainable fishing".
Programs like this not only glamorize shark hunting and killing but also make the whole action "OK". Sharks play an important role in our oceans and if we continue to hunt them, our ocean'ss health will continue to decline.
Change.org petitions have successfully convinced other channels, like National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, to cancel other violent hunting shows. I'm sure with enough signatures, we can get NBC to listen.
Please join me in asking NBC and it partners to cancel Shark Hunters!
- NBC Sports Group
Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group
- Creator of Sharkhunters
- Moonshot Productions
- Vice President, Safety Environmental Health & Safety, Film and TV Productions
- NBC Universal Manager of Sustainable Production
- Owner, Star Island Marina, Owner of Gershow Recycling
- Executive Producer, True Story Films
- Captain, Viking Five Star
- Captain of La Bella Donna, Owner, Pinegrove Family Dude Ranch
- NBC Sports Network
- NBC Sports Network
Jon Miller, President of Programming of NBC Sports
- Fish On
- Senior Director, Communications
Dear NBC Execs/Shark Hunters Captains/Producers/Organizers,
Please, Stop Airing Shark Hunters - Stop Supporting the Killing of Sharks. Sharks are increasingly under pressure from over fishing, finning and environmental pollution. Shark killing should not be glamorized under the pretense of "sport" or "sustainable fishing". The program focuses on three tournaments that give financial prize for bringing in dead sharks from 3 species for the highest catch weight. The three shark species are mako, thresher and porbeagle.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) lists all three species as "Vulnerable".
Programs like this not only glamorize shark hunting and killing but also make the whole action "OK". Without our oceans clean up crew (the sharks!) the oceans health will continue to decline. Please join me in asking NBC to stop showing, promoting and developing this program and sport.
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