Petition to StarKist, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea

Join us in telling StarKist, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea to stop making deceptive claims to consumers about the dolphin-safety and sustainability of their tuna products! The environmentally devastating practices—including practices that can lead to dolphin mortality—of these companies are not “sustainable” or “dolphin-safe.” These claims are deceptive and constitute false advertising to consumers, who rely on the accuracy of such representations to make informed purchasing decisions.

Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea claim to be “100% dolphin-safe,” and all three of the suppliers named in ALDF’s petition state they will not purchase tuna caught in association with dolphins—a significant concern because tuna often swim together with dolphins. Dolphins can be traumatized, netted, injured, and killed by typical tuna fishing practices, including the use of giant “purse seine” nets, which capture dolphins along with tuna. Yet while approximately half of tuna consumers believe the dolphin-safe label means no dolphins died for the tuna in their can, the number of dolphins killed or injured by “certified” dolphin-safe tuna fishing methods in reality could number in the thousands every year.

Meanwhile, on their packaging and their websites, the top three tuna suppliers all outline their commitment to “sustainable” fishing practices—ones that won’t deplete resources or harm the natural cycles of tuna or other marine life. However, the longlines and purse seine nets used to catch approximately 75% of the world’s tuna—including tuna sold by Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist—kill millions of non-target marine animals as “bycatch” every year, including sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and even sea birds. Some of these populations have been so decimated by commercial fishing that they are now critically endangered.

Longline fishing and purse seine fishing are not "sustainable." Tell these companies to stop using greenwashing to deceive well-meaning consumers.

Sign the Petition

Dear StarKist, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea,

As consumers concerned about the well-being of dolphins and other marine animals, we are deeply disturbed about the deadly and destructive fishing practices associated with your products. While you advertise to consumers that you will not purchase tuna caught in association with dolphins, the number of dolphins killed or injured by “certified” dolphin-safe tuna fishing methods in reality could number in the thousands every year.

What’s more, while you tout to consumers your commitment to “sustainable” fishing practices, the longlines and purse seine nets used to catch approximately 75% of the world’s tuna—including tuna sold by Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist—kill millions of non-target marine animals as “bycatch” every year, including sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and even sea birds. Some of these populations have been so decimated by commercial fishing that they are now critically endangered.

Your claims regarding the dolphin-safety and sustainability of your products are deceptive, and the fishing practices that support your business are unethical and environmentally devastating. We will boycott your companies until you cease misleading consumers and, most importantly, until you stop purchasing tuna from vessels employing longline and purse seine nets.
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