Target: Mark Lazarus, Chairman of NBC Sports Group
Goal: End T.V. program promoting the killing of vulnerable shark species
Sharks are an important part of oceanic ecosystems. They are the kings of the food chain and maintain balance in the oceans. Sadly, sharks don’t get much positive attention and most T.V. shows demonize sharks or promote the hunting of these fascinating creatures. But without sharks, the world’s oceans are in grave danger, so we must stop encouraging the slaughter of these great fish.
The NBC T.V. show “Shark Hunters” promotes the killing of three main shark species, mako, thresher, and porbeagle. All three of these species are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “Vulnerable Species” list. NBC should not be supporting the killing of these creatures which are crucial to maintaining the balance of the oceans.
As the top of the food chain, sharks keep prey populations in check. They also keep prey species strong and healthy by consuming the weak and sick. This prohibits the spread of diseases and encourages reproduction of only the most fit creatures. Sharks also support healthy coral reefs and maintain vital sea grass by intimidating their prey and preventing overgrazing. But when shark populations are eliminated ocean health declines and commercial fishing of shellfish as well as popular fish like tuna noticeably suffer.
Sharks play a crucial role in the oceans. They help promote the health and stability of other species, protect coral reefs and sea grass beds, and ensure healthy outputs for commercial fishing. NBC should not be promoting the hunting of these fish, especially not those which are already labeled as vulnerable. Shark populations are declining quickly and we must act now to prevent further species loss. Tell NBC to put an end to the T.V. program “Shark Hunters.”
Dear Mr. Lazarus,
The world’s oceans depend on the existence of sharks for balance and longevity. The T.V. show “Shark Hunters,” which promotes the killing of sharks, counteracts the natural balance of the oceans. Sharks help maintain healthy coral reefs, protect sea grass beds from being overgrazed, and keep prey species strong and vital by eliminating the sick and weak. Sharks are a crucial part of our oceans, and I do not support the hunting of these great fish.
Throughout the world’s oceans, shark populations are declining. “Shark Hunters” promotes the killing of three shark species whose populations are vulnerable. Continuing a T.V. show that supports the killing of these important creatures is illogical and amoral. I do not support the killing of sharks, and I do not support “Shark Hunters.” I urge you to discontinue this series.
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Photo Credit: Mark Conlin via Wikipedia