Atlantic Coral Enterprise in St. Augustine, Florida, USA, is a wholesale distributer. Among the many items in their online catalog is "Juvenile Shark in Glass Bottle". The catalog claims the following: "These wholesale real juvenile shark in a glass jar with a white styrofoam base measure approximately 6-1/2 inches tall. These shark in bottle are great teaching references for science teachers and make great gifts for collectors of weird and unusual items.THESE JUVENILE SHARKS ARE FROM THE FISHING INDUSTRY. SHARKS ARE A WORLDWIDE FOOD SOURCE. BOTH MALES AND FEMALES ARE HARVESTED FOR FOOD. THESE JUVENILE SHARKS DIED IN THE HARVESTING PROCESS. THEY WERE NOT KILLED TO PUT INTO BOTTLES!" Atlantic Coral Enterprise further claims: "All our merchandise has been cleared for legal entry into the U.S. by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Department and U.S. Customs. We have all required governmental licenses and permits."
At Save Misty the Dolphin (http://savemistythedolphin.blogspot.com/) we believe that sharks are essential to the ocean environment. As apex predators, they are indicators of the balance of the eco-system. Without sharks, our marine eco-systems will collapse. Shark populations worldwide are decreasing at alarming rates. It is time to stand-up for Sharks. Tell Atlantic Coral Enterprise to STOP SELLING SHARK IN A GLASS BOTTLE!
Paul Dachton Atlantic Coral Enterprise 5000 Crescent Technical Ct., St. Augustine, FL 32086 phone - 904-797-7478 email - firstname.lastname@example.org website - http://www.atlanticcoralenterprise.com/productcart/pc/home.asp We the Undersigned urge you to stop selling the product "Shark in Glass Bottle". Sharks are vital to the health of our marine eco-systems. Simply put, without them, our oceans will die. Although you indicate that your Shark in Glass Bottle is a by-product of the fishing industry, by selling these items you are supporting the slaughter of sharks and encouraging the collapse of our world's oceans. It is time to do the right thing - STOP SELLING SHARK IN GLASS BOTTLE!
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