26 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Sams Fish Camp

Take Shark Off Your Menu

Please Take Shark Off Your Menu We recently were made aware that you’re restaurant is selling shark. Your buyers may be unaware that consuming shark meat and cartilage are a potential serious health hazard. Due to the fact that sharks are apex predators at the top of the food chain, they tend to bioaccumulate heavy metals and toxins such as mercury, lead and BMAA that have been linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Consumption of mercury even in small quantities can cause damage to the brain, digestive, and immune system. In addition, sharks all over the world have been found to contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, PCB’s, DDT’s, and urea. You can read more about the health risks of consuming shark products at the following link: Aside from all of these health risks, the rapid decline of shark populations all over the world is seriously impacting our oceans’ health. Currently over 100 million sharks are killed annually. That’s over 2 per second. Due to the fact that sharks take years to reach maturity and naturally reproduce slowly, it takes a long time for them to recover from heavy fishing pressure. Many species have declined 90-95% in just the past few decades. Scientific studies show that all around the world areas where sharks have been removed there has been a correlating crash in fish stocks and a degradation of the local reefs because sharks are a critical component to maintaining the health of the ocean that we all rely on for the air that we breathe, sustenance, products, and the environment as we know it. Sharks function as the immune system of the ocean, like the white blood cells they combat diseases by picking off dead, weak, or sick animals keeping lower trophic level populations healthy and in balance. You can learn more about the importance sharks play in all our lives, regardless of where we live by watching the TED talk: “How sharks affect us all,” going to the website http://www.WaterInspired.Org or reading the page on our website There is a growing awareness among your customers as well as the general public about the threats sharks are facing and their importance. Eleven states in the US including Hawaii, Washington, California and Texas have banned the sale, possession and trade of shark fin products. Many species of sharks have been recognized as endangered species and given special protections due to their vulnerability by organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the United Nations, and the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). On behalf of our over 212,000 members, we would like to request that you please stop selling shark products. Please join the growing list of business that have demonstrated their commitment to the health and future of our community, the ocean, and sustainable practices for the environment by no longer selling shark. Thank you for taking the time to consider this request. We hope to hear back from you soon. Sincerely,Keiko ConservationOne Ocean DivingFin AllianceWater InspiredOne Ocean GlobalBeneath The Blue

Keiko Conservation
709 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Brian D. Helman, Jeffrey j Horowitz

Boycott Vitacost for Selling Shark Cartilage

 Sharks require about 4-5 years to reach the age of maturity for reproduction, as many of us know, Shark populations are on a sharp decline...please read ahead for why we need to boycott this company until they stop selling this product!! Shark cartilage is promoted as a remedy for arthritis, inflammation and joint support from the “sharks head and fins” There are no reputable scientific studies demonstrating that shark cartilage supplements have any effect on immune function. Shark cartilage, the logic that started the fad: The use of shark cartilage (in the form of chondroitin sulfate) as a therapy for osteoarthritis started because cartilage has been found to suppress new blood vessel development. There is no difference between shark cartilage and that from say a cow aside from the fact that sharks are full of cartilage and have more than a cow. The effectiveness of shark cartilage has been called into question. In a study conducted in the New England Journal of Medicine on the effect of gulcosamine and chondroitin sulfate on patients with osteoarthritis in the knee found that "glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate alone or in combination did not reduce pain effectively in the overall group of patients" (Clegg et al. 2006). In a study of the influence of information found on the world wide web on arthritis patients found that despite its prevalence online, shark cartilage "has (NOT) been proven to be beneficial for the treatment of arthritis. Most of these therapies may be innocuous in their biological actions, but there are some concerns about the overall safety, in relation both to the expected contents of the product and to undeclared substances" (Suarez-Almazor et al 2001). The European Food Safety Authority Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to shark cartilage states "a cause and effect relationship has not been establishes between the consumption of shark cartilage and the maintenance of normal joints" (EFSA 2009, The composition, potency, and purity are not checked by any outside authority. Supplements do not need to be proven as safe or effective to be sold in the United States.The National Institute of Health found virtually no information on the potential toxicity of chondroitin sulfate, no information on the manufacturing process, and no standard of guidelines ( There have been cases of contamination of shark cartilage products. Researchers selected sources of chondroitin sulfate and determined that shark cartilage contained "too many other contaminants were excluded from consideration" (Barnhill et al. 2006).The FDA has recalled shark cartilage pills because of Salmonella contamination ( and and - Salmonella detected in shark cartilage capsules from the United States (August 200). There is a reference to the Korean FDA declaring high levels of Mercury and Cadmium in shark cartilage pills but cannot find the primary reference for that statement, however, 70 uncooked fins (i.e. cartilage) from a Hong Kong market, ¼ contained mercury concentrations well above the World Health Organization’s guidelines, enough to be identified as a significant threat to children and babies (Timms et al. 2009). If you feel that chondroitin sulfate is something that will definitely help your condition, there are other sources from which it is derived. A 2007 study found that shark cartilage produces the LOWEST amount of chondroitin sulfate compared to the other sources (Garnjanagoonchorn et al. 2007). You can search for bovine-only sources online. Garnjanagoonchorn et al. (2007) also claim that the shark cartilage was a by-product of the shark fin soup restaurant so there is a clear link between that unsustainable and ecologically destructive practice and shark cartilage pills! INFO GATHERED FROM SHARK SAVERS WILDAID

Isabella Ornaf
184 supporters