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Sign today and stop health supplement retailer GNC from contributing to the further death of countless sharks.

Many shark species are nearing extinction, and some are protected by the United Nations Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) [1], yet an estimated 100 million sharks were killed by commercial fisheries in in 2013 alone [2].

The top five most endangered sharks in the world, the basking shark, dusky shark, scalloped hammerhead, whale shark, and great white shark, are all being hunted and stripped of their fins for various purposes [3].

GNC has contributed in no small amount to the killing of those sharks by continuing to purchase and stock supplements made from shark cartilage. These supplements profess to aid sore bones and joints. Meanwhile, there is little evidence to support those health claims [4].

Clinical trials have shown that the quality of life in those with serious disease has not improved with shark cartilage, but more often that not deteriorated or remained poor [5]. Despite its little efficacy, people suffering from cancer and chronic inflammatory disorders have relied on shark cartilage preparations for years [6], and thanks to retailers like GNC, still do.

The continued marketing of shark cartilage pills for their mucopolysaccharide and chondroitin content as joint and bone supplements or tumor suppressants is dishonest at best [6]. At worst, it's contributing to the extinction of one of our planet's most incredible creatures.

At least 169 countries have agreed to be legally bound by the United Nations Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES), and many of those recognize the status of shark species on the IUCN's Red List, which indicates a quarter of all sharks are threatened with extinction [8].

This is a trend that can change, but only with your help.

Tell GNC to pull these products from its shelves, and protect the future of sharks everywhere.

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Dear GNC,

I demand you immediately pull all products containing shark cartilage from your shelves and stop contributing to the slaughter of millions of sharks each year.

Despite being marketed as a solution for sore joints and even cancer, clinical trials have shown that the quality of life in those with serious disease has not improved with shark cartilage, but more often that not deteriorated or remained poor.

The continued marketing of shark cartilage pills for their mucopolysaccharide and chondroitin content as joint and bone supplements or tumor suppresants is dishonest at best. At worst, it's contributing to the extinction of one of our planet's most incredible creatures.

An estimated 100 million sharks were killed by commercial fisheries in in 2013 alone. Many of those species are nearing extinction ,and GNC is only hastening their fate.

There is no reason dubious products based on inconclusive science should be promoted at the cost of some of our planet's most incredible creatures.

Remove shark cartilage products from your stores today.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 21, 2018 Kara Pomeroy
Jul 21, 2018 David Antos
Jul 21, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 21, 2018 Marguerite Panzica
Jul 20, 2018 Christopher Porter
Jul 20, 2018 Tracey Wilcox
Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 sandra Schomberg
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 19, 2018 Kate Evans
Jul 19, 2018 Dat Tran
Jul 19, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Link
Jul 5, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 1, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Jun 30, 2018 Lois Roach
Jun 30, 2018 Tammi Long
Jun 29, 2018 Frederik van der Vyver
Jun 29, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 29, 2018 MARI HIRAKO
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Jun 29, 2018 christine rochette
Jun 29, 2018 Ramona Blankinship
Jun 29, 2018 Lisa Davis We are starting to lose many of the sharks in the ocean’s. Please help save them from uses that aren’t even proven. They should be under our protection so their communities can grow again.
Jun 29, 2018 mary hunt
Jun 29, 2018 Stacey Olphin
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 28, 2018 Vicky Chan
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 16, 2018 Gino Czaster
Jun 10, 2018 Robert & Virginia Ilardi
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
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Jun 8, 2018 Eric Larrivee
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Kuschel
Jun 8, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Jun 8, 2018 Karen Statkiewicz
Jun 8, 2018 Walter Johnson
Jun 8, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 8, 2018 Michelle Barbour
May 29, 2018 marie blanche brabant
May 26, 2018 Gloria Navan
May 25, 2018 Amy F.
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May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 Jill Banta
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek

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