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Boycott tuna sandwiches from Boots, Greggs, Subway and Tesco

24th May 2010 - Ethical Consumer Magazine

Help save threatened sharks and turtles

Ethical Consumer Magazine is today urging people to help save threatened sharks and turtles by not buying tuna sandwiches this lunchtime from Boots, Greggs, Subway or Tesco, four of the biggest sandwich retailers in the UK.

A survey by Ethical Consumer Magazine has revealed that the fishing methods which these companies employ to catch the Skipjack tuna used in sandwiches results in the unnecessary death of thousands of sharks, turtles and other marine wildlife every year.

We want all Skipjack tuna to be caught by pole and line, a traditional method of fishing which is highly selective and does not target sharks or turtles. Of the UK's top five sandwich retailers only M&S currently uses pole and line caught tuna in its sandwiches.

Jane Turner from Ethical Consumer Magazine said:

“People will be shocked to learn that their favourite tuna sandwich results in the slaughter of thousands of sharks, turtles and other marine wildlife. We want companies to follow the lead of M&S and only use pole and line caught tuna in their sandwiches.”

The sandwich survey comes as Ethical Consumer Magazine publishes its buyers' guide to tinned tuna.

British shoppers buy almost 15 million tins of tuna every week making the UK the second biggest market for tinned tuna in the world after the US. However the vast majority of this tuna is caught using environmentally damaging fishing methods resulting in the needless destruction of marine wildlife.

For shoppers wanting to buy ethically responsible tinned tuna, Ethical Consumer Magazine recommends Fish4Ever, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, companies which only sell tinned tuna caught by pole and line.

The buyers' guide is also critical of the widespread and indiscriminate use of labelling of tinned tuna as being dolphin-friendly. This is because in the UK the vast majority of tinned tuna sold is Skipjack tuna which does not swim with dolphins in the oceans so is therefore naturally dolphin-safe.

Jane Turner, author of the Ethical Consumer Magazine's buyers' guide to tinned tuna said:

“We want companies to stop labelling their tinned tuna as being dolphin-friendly as this is both meaningless and confusing to shoppers. Currently, whilst most tinned tuna is by default dolphin-friendly, it is most definitely unfriendly to sharks, turtles and other marine wildlife.”
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