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Petitioning Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Eckert

Please Stop Manufacturing and Selling this Toy That Encourages Killing of Sharks

"Your mission is to rescue your diver from the jaws of an enormous shark. With this building system, you can connect and combine your mega pieces to build over 30 vehicles. Every boat has wheels and also floats, for play on land or in water. " 

As you can see in the video with Christina Zenato, http://bit.ly/tL2o20 she is swimming with sharks and none of them have attacked her.

While sharks have always been viewed as a predator, sharks are so very needed in our oceans. This is not an educational toy. It shows children that its OK to slaughter a shark. Many countries have already banned shark finning your company is encouraging killing of animals that are the cleaners of the oceans. Sharks are very important in the ocean ecosystem.

Like most top predators, sharks feed on the sick and weak, thereby keeping the schools of fish on which they feed healthy. A whale shark is, in fact, the largest of all sharks, reaching about 60 feet in length. The smallest known shark is only a few inches long when fully grown. While many sharks do have conspicuous teeth, many of these animals eat only small invertebrates. Other sharks have no teeth at all, feeding by straining plankton from the water much like the balleen whales do just like the gentle giant the Whale shark.
Shark populations are dwindling due to heavy commercial fishing and the general attitude that they are nothing more than a nuisance. This shortsighted view of the ocean ecosystem is dangerous--a shortage of sharks could be disastrous to the health of ocean food chains, including but certainly not limited to the ones we rely upon for food resources. We humans are already placing enough strain on these food chains as it is, without adding the shark to the equation. We must respect these animals and give them the space they need to live. Sharks really are beautiful animals ...once you get to know them.

"Leadership" at Mattel is the ability to develop and communicate a compelling picture of the future that inspires and motivates others to take action. Leaders at Mattel align themselves with Mattel's core values, exhibit leadership competencies and drive for success in our business strategies. In this way, we will work to achieve our vision, "Creating the Future of Play." Every day as Mattel's 30,000 employees worldwide strive to realize that vision, our leadership team is guiding the way.

Killing sharks or whales is not showing leadership. As a grandmother I will never buy another Mattel product until you remove this item from your catalogs and will encourage other parents to do the same.

(Under Section 107 of the Copyright act of 1976, Allowance is made for "fair use".)

Letter to
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Eckert
Mr. Robert A. Eckert, CEO
Mattel Toys, Inc.

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Please stop manufacturing and selling "Matchbox Mega Rig Shark Ship Set"

While sharks have always been viewed as a predator, sharks are so very needed in our oceans. This is not an educational toy. It shows and teaches children that its OK to slaughter a shark. Many countries have already banned shark finning, while your company is encouraging killing of animals that are the cleaners of the oceans. Sharks are very important in the ocean ecosystem.

Like most top predators, sharks feed on the sick and weak, thereby keeping the schools of fish on which they feed healthy. A whale shark is, in fact, the largest of all sharks, reaching about 60 feet in length. While many sharks do have conspicuous teeth, many of these animals eat only small invertebrates. Other sharks have no teeth at all, feeding by straining plankton from the water much like the balleen whales do just like the gentle giant, the Whale shark.

Shark populations are dwindling due to heavy commercial fishing and the general attitude that they are nothing more than a nuisance. This shortsighted view of the ocean ecosystem is dangerous--a shortage of sharks could be disastrous to the health of ocean food chains. We humans are already placing enough strain on these food chains as it is, without adding the shark to the equation. We must respect these animals and give them the space they need to live. Sharks really are beautiful animals ...once you get to know them.

By your own company motto; "Leadership" at Mattel is the ability to develop and communicate a compelling picture of the future that inspires and motivates others to take action. Leaders at Mattel align themselves with Mattel's core values, exhibit leadership competencies and drive for success in our business strategies. In this way, we will work to achieve our vision, "Creating the Future of Play." Every day as Mattel's 30,000 employees worldwide strive to realize that vision, our leadership team is guiding the way.

Killing sharks, whales or killing animals are not great educational values to instill in 4 yr. olds and is not showing leadership. As a grandmother I will never buy another Mattel product until you remove this item from your catalogs and stop production and will encourage other parents to do the same.

Play~Laugh~Grow has been your motto for many years how about throwing in some compassion and thoughts for the animals.

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Sincerely,