Earth Island Institute & the International Marine Mammal Project

Dolphin Safe Tuna

Consumers

CONSUMER ALERT

INTER-AMERICAN TROPICAL TUNA COMMISSION
“Dolphin-Safe” Label
Is A DEATH CERTIFICATE for Dolphins!

logo: dolphin leaps left -- do not buy tuna that carries this label!

DO NOT BUY TUNA WITH THIS IATTC LABEL!

Earth Island Institute wishes to warn consumers about the label sponsored by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) that falsely purports to protect dolphins. The IATTC has opposed the Dolphin Safe tuna policy of Earth Island Institute.

The IATTC supports and promotes chasing and netting dolphins, in order to catch the tuna which swim beneath. More than 7 million dolphins have died due to tuna fishing using this method. The IATTC has released an official "dolphin safe" mark for tuna labels which threatens the current Dolphin Safe standards for tuna and promises to mislead consumers. This logo (see illustration) does not result in protection of dolphins. The initials AIDCP stand for the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program, an international agreement that purports to save dolphins but actually allows thousands to be killed annually. The IATTC is made up of representatives of tuna fishing nations that support harassment and killing of dolphins. In order to avoid consumer confusion, Earth Island urges consumers to avoid buying any tuna that carries this logo.

To date, only one company has been found using this label: Grupo Calvo of Spain, sold in Europe and Latin America. For further information, see our Consumer Alert on Calvo Tuna.

However, we are also concerned that this phony Dolphin Safe logo may turn up on other brands of tuna.

Consumers can ensure the protection of dolphins by looking for tuna sold by the companies that have pledged to buy only truly “dolphin safe” tuna, i.e. tuna caught without chasing and netting of dolphins. These companies subscribe to independent monitoring of their activities to ensure that their tuna is caught without any harm or harassment to dolphins.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

(1) Do NOT Buy Tuna with the IATTC Label:

If you see IATTC logo on canned tuna for sale, do not buy it!

(2) Talk to the Store Owner or Manager:

You can tell them that the IATTC label is misleading and can lead to tuna caught by methods that harm and kill thousands of dolphins annually. They should take it off their shelves and not sell it.

If the store owners or managers are interested in selling true Dolphin Safe tuna in their stores, you can direct them to this website, which includes listings of more than 300 tuna companies that catch and process tuna without chasing, netting or harming dolphins:

www.DolphinSafe.org

Please contact us with any questions. Thank you for your help!

Common Dolphins Photo. EarthviewsEarthviews

International Marine Mammal Project
is a project of Earth Island Institute.

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