When it comes to the sale of trinkets at the expense of animals, Miami Beach Animal Advocates are not buying.
The Facebook group posted about the discovery of shark jars being hawked to tourists visiting Miami Beach and the ensuing backlash prompted city commissioners in Miami Beach to prohibit vendors from selling and displaying preserved dead sea animals, including sharks and alligators.
Miami Beach is attempting to end the sale of sharks in a jar. The fact that this is even legal to begin with is a disgrace.https://t.co/ijH4OuJp7r
— Sea Voice News (@seavoicenews) December 23, 2018
The Sea Voice News indicated that such novelties were a tchotchke staple in gift shops all across Florida, but the lack of a mandate against the sale of such tasteless souvenirs remains especially shocking.
City Commissioner Mark Samuelian decried the sale of the disgusting items and issued a statement in which he described Miami Beach as a city that prides itself on supporting the environment and animals.
“Miami Beach stands for a lot of things: We’re very pro-environment; we really care about wildlife and all the animals. And I don’t think having dead species like alligators and sharks — some with the label ‘Miami Beach’ on them — is consistent with that.”
If America is the voice of the free world – god help the rest of us😱😱#awakeonasleepin
— John Patrick Shannon (@jshannontreacy) December 23, 2018
Vice Mayor Michael Góngora, who co-sponsored the resolution, expressed his disdain for the practice of selling sharks in jars.
“I’ve always thought it was gross, personally. I can’t imagine why anybody would want to buy this or have this. But I guess people do.”
Who are the customers? People want to know.
Just bloody end it! It’s a damned disgrace how other species are ABUSED just to amuse humans! Who the F buys such a thing anyway?! 🤮
— Wayne (@brudoc969) December 28, 2018
What disgusting human would buy these? #KarmaComesAround
— Tracey (@anti_plasticbag) December 28, 2018
Some tourists agree and care about the livelihood of other species with whom we share the planet.
Seriously? Humans are more disappointing everyday
— Vanessa (@Ness4612R) December 23, 2018
Hey,When you have a President who thinks it’s OK to shoot hibernating bears, sharks in a jar shouldn’t be a surprise, it’s just disgusting.
— Mike Farnworth (@mikefarnworthbc) December 23, 2018
Because the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the only government agency that can regulate marine life, the Miami Beach city commission was limited to suggesting that vendors remove the merchandise off their shelves.
It called the shark jars “macabre curios” and their sales as a “disturbing and unsavory practice.”
I can’t believe anyone would even consider buying these, horrid and a humiliating end for a beautiful creature ☹️
— Rachel Kenny (@rachkenny79) December 23, 2018
The city commission released a second resolution urging for the state to crack down on fishing practices and harvesting of sharks and alligators.
WOW, just when I thought I couldn't be shocked or disgusted even more by mans inhumanity, lack of empathy, compassion and greed, I read this. What disturbs me even more is who is selling this to the stores and how are they getting the baby sharks?
— Helen (@SexyLolaMedusa) December 24, 2018
There have been reports of fisherman bringing in dead baby sharks sealed in jars that were born in man-made pools for the strict use of killing and selling.
Sad reality but true their are some self centered , greedy people every where. Actually we need a policy to banning these products also need to separate those idiots who try to buy them and should be treated as criminals
— Manish (@MDSAVEearth) December 24, 2018
I can't believe it's legal, either. And I can't believe that store owners and people who buy these things aren't completely ashamed of themselves.
— No Border Wall 🌊 (@CynthiaHennecke) December 23, 2018
We live in a very sick world full of humans who don't care about anything except themselves. Smh..
— lynn ferry (@lf4822) December 24, 2018
How horrible! IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO SELL & MAKE PROFIT FROM ANYTHING THAT CONTINUES TO ENDANGER LIVES OF ALL SHARKS!! Sharks are under enough stress from finning & shops don't need to sell innocent baby sharks in jars for just a few extra tourist bucks!! PLEASE STOP THIS!!
— BOBB (@bobbicallie) December 23, 2018
As long and These A-holes make profits off of these items, they will not stop selling them. And they make profits from them because there are more than enough people who continue to buy them. It’s a disgrace to humanity that the only way to stop this is to pass a law against it
— David J (@HIPAAISCOOL) December 25, 2018
Maybe this notorious Marvel supervillain was on to something.
Thanos was right as far as humanity goes.
— CaughtRedHatted (@Madamewoo) December 28, 2018
Tacky souvenirs are de rigueuer for the typical traveler, but let’s stick to buying the obligatory mugs and T-shirts.