Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 329
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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.

Sign Here






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


Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Roxanne Leshine
Apr 14, 2018 Teresa Barquet
Apr 14, 2018 m.cecilia dallari
Apr 12, 2018 Kristine Richter
Apr 11, 2018 Tami Mccready
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 9, 2018 Denise Brown This kind of hocus-pocus is pathetic and just ignorant! It's not enough that the Asian and Norwegian cultures think of themselves as mystics with their bs voodoo???
Apr 7, 2018 M T
Apr 7, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Apr 7, 2018 Wendy Kasprzyk
Apr 6, 2018 Marlen Elias
Apr 6, 2018 Nina Carey
Apr 6, 2018 KAREN WASSING
Apr 6, 2018 Brent Pennell
Apr 6, 2018 Susan Lanes
Apr 5, 2018 Inga Frauke Majer
Apr 5, 2018 Stacey McRae
Apr 5, 2018 Casey Jo Remy
Apr 5, 2018 Christine Geise
Apr 5, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 5, 2018 Helen Smylie
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Cheryl Free
Apr 3, 2018 Tania Rivera
Apr 3, 2018 Randall Bong
Apr 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2018 Sarah Mitchelmore
Apr 2, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Apr 2, 2018 Karen Schnitzer Sharks are close to extinction, and play a very important part in their world. Please stop using them for pills.
Mar 31, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 30, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 30, 2018 Fabian Müller
Mar 29, 2018 Donna Johnson
Mar 29, 2018 Julie Hansen
Mar 29, 2018 Brian Martin
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 29, 2018 Fred Fall
Mar 28, 2018 Joan Heezen
Mar 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2018 pH Chambers
Mar 28, 2018 Shelley Dorgan
Mar 28, 2018 Lesley Adamson Shark cartilage is not a miracle cure, except for the sharks.
Mar 27, 2018 Rosanne Gordon There are enough supplements on the market without using dishonest hype to kill sharks. I will never shop at GNC again until they stop this practice. It's like the morons who think that rhino horns have magic powers. BS.
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Wendy Springstead
Mar 27, 2018 Olga Sebok

back to top

Enchanted Forest Sleeveless Tunic
Blown-Glass Plant Watering Globe
Share this page and help protect habitat: