• Petitioned Robert A. Eckert

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Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Robert A. Eckert

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

    1. Barbara Napoles
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Napoles

      Miami, FL

"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".)

Recent signatures


    1. 10 things that you can do to protect sharks

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Sharks are creatures that are so misunderstood. Please read the blog and learn about them Thank you.

    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nikki Jacques POOLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Please help support our sharks not help to kill them - education is our only way forward to stop shark finning and our children are important in the fight to ensure sharks are still around in the next 20 years. We need to show people that sharks are not the man-eating robots portrayed by movies and the media - they are amazing creatures that deserve our protection from finning/death - thank you - Nikki from www.supportoursharks.com

    • Captain Chris Wade SAN PEDRO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Heroic play does not have to include building scare factors around a critical animal that is required for the health of the ocean.

      • over 2 years ago

      I do not see any abuse in the film?

      • over 2 years ago

      I do have two children in the age 5 till 8,they DO KNOW better then the crap you want to sell them.

      Children love sharks.

    • Tonya Camp PETERSON, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      This particular toy encourages children to think of sharks as enemies, when what they are is a vital part of the ocean system. It isn't "politically incorrect", it is just plain wrong!


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