Currently on Market Broiler’s menu, they offer shark: “Thresher or Mako Shark; A rich, firm steak of today’s catch.(subject to fresh availability)”…
Please sign and share this petition! Market Broiler is serving shark, Thresher or Mako.
All three species of Thresher and both species of Mako are listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable. Their population trend is decreasing due to over-exploitation.
Not only are these sharks at risk, but human health is at risk as well. Sharks contain some of the highest levels of mercury, making it dangerous for consumption.
Once in the human body, mercury acts as a neurotoxin, interfering with the brain and nervous system.
Exposure to mercury can be particularly hazardous for pregnant women and small children. During the first several years of life, a child’s brain is still developing and rapidly absorbing nutrients. Even in low doses, mercury may affect a child’s development, delaying walking and talking, shortening attention span and causing learning disabilities. Less frequent, high dose prenatal and infant exposures to mercury can cause mental retardation, cerebral palsy, deafness and blindness.
In adults, mercury poisoning can adversely affect fertility and blood pressure regulation and can cause memory loss, tremors, vision loss and numbness of the fingers and toes. A growing body of evidence suggests that exposure to mercury may also lead to heart disease.
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