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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


Jan 21, 2018 Jelica Roland
Jan 20, 2018 susan shawket
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 13, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Jan 11, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jan 8, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
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Jan 2, 2018 doris gonen
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Dec 28, 2017 marge beck have not and will not purchase from this company--
Dec 26, 2017 Lena Hansdotter
Dec 22, 2017 Kay Birkinshaw
Dec 21, 2017 Alysa Waring
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Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 14, 2017 Cinzia Amiconi
Dec 14, 2017 Marcy Chamblin
Dec 14, 2017 Merlina Samuel
Dec 14, 2017 S Murphy
Dec 14, 2017 Christian Lorenz
Dec 14, 2017 jill phipps
Dec 14, 2017 Sue Wadland
Dec 14, 2017 Joan Tippetts
Dec 14, 2017 Denise Conte
Dec 13, 2017 Maralyn James
Dec 13, 2017 Gail Farmer
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 13, 2017 AnaMaria Toberman
Dec 13, 2017 Lynne Miles
Dec 13, 2017 Patricia Tarantino
Dec 13, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Dec 13, 2017 Delicia Burnell’s
Dec 13, 2017 Stanley Charles
Dec 13, 2017 Margaret Roy
Dec 13, 2017 Dee Shl
Dec 13, 2017 jan barden
Dec 13, 2017 deborah Nettleingham
Dec 12, 2017 Kelly Wilson
Dec 6, 2017 Sylvia Piche I will never use GNC products again! Stop killing sharks for profits!
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Dec 5, 2017 Helmut Fischbeck
Dec 5, 2017 Jerry Banks
Dec 5, 2017 Dianna Burton
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Dec 5, 2017 Jeanne e Williams
Dec 5, 2017 Rebecca Poplin
Dec 5, 2017 Denis Mermet

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