Stop Sale of Endangered Shark Species as Meat

Target: Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment of Australia

Goal: Protect the endangered school shark by stopping the sale of its meat on the market.

Australia’s school shark population is in serious decline, with the species recently being placed on the critically endangered list. The shark’s meat is sold as “flake” in seafood markets despite the decline, leading environmental groups to criticize the government for its weak protection of the species.

Australia’s national laws contain an unfortunate loophole that prioritizes the economy over the environment, leading to these lax protections of endangered animals. This has led to a total of eight species listed as “conservation dependent”, which is more of a guideline than a law and does not prevent fisheries from depleting the population for the sake of a profit. Additionally, sharks across the globe are already considered vulnerable due to various other factors such as human “self-defense” and the worsening state of the oceans.

We cannot let the school shark go extinct due to unethical loopholes in Australia’s environmental laws. Sign this petition to demand stronger protection of the species, and to ban fishing and market sales of the creature.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Ley,

School sharks are critically endangered due to fisheries killing them for their meat, sold as “flake” on the market. This species of shark has been in decline for some time now, but due to Australia’s “conservation dependent” label, they are on the verge of extinction. “Conservation dependent” is not a valid status for endangered species, it is nothing more than a loophole that allows hunters and fisheries to kill endangered wildlife for the sake of a profit.

Sharks across the globe are already endangered due to overfishing, human “self-defense” and the current state of the ocean. We cannot afford to lose these creatures as they are far too valuable to the ocean’s ecosystem. You must ensure that the school shark is placed on the official critically endangered list immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: skeeze


26 Comments

  1. Anne-Mari Gavin says:

    ALL YOU ANIMAL ABUSERS. YOUR TIME FOR ENDLESS SCREAMING AND SUFFERING COMES WHEN YOU WILL BE CAST IN A POOL OF FIRE FOR ABUSING GODS ANIMALS. HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO US IS CLEAR IN THE BIBLE THAT WE NEED TO TAKE CARE AND RESPECT ALL HIS CREATURES AND CREATIIONS. HE WILL FOR SURE MAKE YOU PAY THE PRICE FOR DISRESPECTING HIM THE CREATOR OF ALL!!!!!

  2. Joi Du bois says:

    God’s creatures have no defense against subhumans.

  3. Shirley Lemieux says:

    Correct the loopholes in your laws that are hurting critically endangered species.

  4. Carolyn Douglas says:

    This and all other animal abuses/killings must end NOW..AND BE SEVERELY PUNISHED. IN MY OPINION

  5. We cannot let the school shark go extinct due to unethical loopholes in Australia’s environmental laws. SCHOOL SHARK is on Australia’s territory, but this SPECIES belongs to ALL of us on this PLANET. YOUR OBLIGATION IS TO TAKE CARE OF THIS PRECIOUS ART!! Australia must protect the species, and ban fishing and market sales of the creature. ANIMALS SHALL NOT BE VICTIMS OF HUMAN IDIOTS!!!

  6. Michelle Stewart says:

    Change all animal protection laws so there are no more loopholes. All animals must be protected and stopped from going extinct. The animal and shark killings must be made illegal.

  7. Jaime Perez says:

    Nasty, rotten humans who think it’s ok to harm innocent animals.

  8. Destroy the planet`s ecological system; destroy yourself

  9. American Girl says:

    For God’s sake Australia, get off your asses & Do Something NOW! This is horrific.

  10. Maria Bertrand says:

    Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment of Australia

    Seriously? A loophole that prioritizes the economy over the environment… that is really showing your HUMANITY!!!!

    Destroy destroy OVERFISH OVERHUNT and then there was NOTHING! GET RID OF THIS LOOPHOLE … it is the only right way!

  11. Anne Steph says:

    There is no excuse for cruelty to any animal from a so-called more intelligent being. Sharks (no scales) are deemed “unclean” for people to eat. Another pandemic in the making.

  12. Terri Manabe says:

    Australia needs to come to terms with preserving sharks as well as all other mammals/animals on land and in the ocean. It sickens me to think many of these animals are on the brink of mass EXTINCTION because of mankind’s need to greed and domination. If the WORLD doesn’t start NOW in protecting our climate, animals, oceans, and air; we will be the ones to loose. I guess mankind just doesn’t learn from past experiences that are clear signs of what will come. I pray the WORLD wakes up and really starts to take what is happening during this time of crisis and pandemics to respect and protect those who have no voice to protect themselves.

  13. Jose Espino says:

    The more I read the following Matrix dialog the more I think the writer had the best description of humanity I have ever heard.

    Dialogue between alien, Agent Smith and Morpheus. Love it:

    Agent Smith: I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.

    • Denise Marsh says:

      I’ve been saying this for years. We are the most dangerous virus, bacteria or cancerous parasite on Earth and I know I am not alone in saying that the sooner we are wiped out, the better.

  14. It’s great that you are trying to protect school sharks in Australia. Please also stop the export of South Africa’s sharks that are supplying the flake and chips market in Australia. It’s decimating our smaller sharks and impacting our ecosystems!

  15. Humans that harm and hurt animals deserve to rot in prison and for the rest of their miserable lives. Drop the trap door on these evil satanic humans.

  16. Stephanie Geyser says:

    You’d think a country like Australia would know better. You can’t claim to be an ignorant backward Third World country. Or do you place profits ahead of the environment?

  17. Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment of Australia
    Protect the endangered school shark by stopping the sale of its meat on the market.
    Australia is an absolute disgrace when the precious and innocent Wildlife are envolved. They place profits ahead of the environment and the precious Wildlife. Absolutely sickening and unforgivable.
    Sadism and evilness at its worst.

  18. Yvette Lantz says:

    Fuking humans eat god damn anything . Disgusting. And EVIL. Leave the damn sharks alone in peace.

  19. Justin Recht says:

    I always was under the impression Australian officials have more brains and surely a heart – disappointing!
    Another set of stinkers in power?

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