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Montauk Shark Tournament- Join Us This Weekend!
By Wendy Heller, June 12, 2008 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

Only days after congress passed the Shark Conservation Act of 2008, the slaughter of sharks is happening right here in our own backyard. This weekend the Star Island Yacht Club Shark Tournament will take place in Montauk, NY. The 2008 Annual Shark Tournament is being held June 12–14. This year's website boasts a prize pool of more that $1,000,000 the largest yet, which means that more sharks than ever are going to be killed. The greed and ignorance of the few will affect all of us. Why must these types of actions always lead to the decimation of species before we stop the madness?

PLEASE HELP US AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS IN PROTEST OF THE STAR ISLAND YACHT CLUB SHARK TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND.

Please bring your cameras and  join us this Saturday and help cover this horrible event so that it can be broadcast to the world in efforts to create more awareness and help save our sharks. We will be working with major media to prevent this event from continuing next year.

You can also join the Humane Society rally to show your support Saturday June 14th from 4-5pm pm at the intersection of West Lake Drive and Star Island Drive, Montauk, NY. For more information on the rally, please contact Kathryn at kkullberg@humanesociety.org. 

We look forward to your support - this is more important for the ocean and for our futures than most people will ever know. We are causing irrepairable harm that will be felt for generations to come. - Photo: Courtesy of The Humane Society


More info:

Humane Society on Shark Tournaments

Star Island Yacht Club Shark Tournament - Associated Press

Declaration, Manifesto for Immediate Worldwide Shark Conservation Actions

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Jason Heller
Jun 13, 2008 4:52 PM
Jason Heller wrote:
We are starting to receive threats from these fishermen. They know nothing but how to kill or threaten to kill apparently. The authorities have been notified and calls are being traced by the phone company.

Below is a transcript of a call we received at the office earlier today:

CALLER: Hi- i was calling to tell you that you need to back off trying to save the sharks, you have no idea what you're getting into and know nothing about shark fisheries management, stay the fuck away or else you're gonna get hurt
sharks aren't the only thing we kill in Long Island.

ME: excuse me? what is this about? who would you like to speak to?

CALLER: I'm talking to you

ME: sorry, I think you have the wrong number

CALLER: No, I'm talking to you so you better back off or else you f*ing b*tch

end of call- he hung up!
David R. Kearnes
Jun 14, 2008 3:20 PM
David R. Kearnes wrote:
Well, at least it sounds like we are dealing with intelligent people hear. Hope the phone trace works.
Eric Adelman
Jun 16, 2008 6:56 PM
Eric Adelman wrote:
Glad to see you're taking a stand on this. Though I wouldn't consider myself a hard-core conservationalist, it's pretty disgusting to go after such rare creatures for sport.

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terry goss
Jun 20, 2008 2:04 AM
terry goss wrote:
thanx Jason - please be sure to post the results of the trace, so we can go personally return the favors to these idiots!... they deserve NO BETTER than what they do to sharks.
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