Friday, July 13, 2007

Discovery - Shark Week

Dear Friends:

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is coming to a TV near you – however, many of the episode titles still make reference to sharks as mindless murderers:

"Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever"
"Deadly Stripes: Tiger Sharks"
"Top 5 Eaten Alive"
"Shark Feeding Frenzy"

Ila France Porcher will send a letter to the Discovery Channel requesting them to stop perpetuating the killer image of sharks which thwarts all conservation efforts. Have a look at the letter (, and if you want to join forces by having your name and address added to this important petition, please ask Ila at: to sign you in - that is ALL you have to do.


Mark said...

Thanks for posting this link. I agree, the titles are very sensationalist. I think the Discovery channel owes its audience a bit more credit than simple attraction to tabloid headlines.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting Ila France Porcher's article. I understand that the Discovery Channel is trying to attract viewers but I believe there is also a responsibility to report on the burgeoning threats to shark populations around the world, instead of clipping segments on finning as noted in the article.

Sharks are fascinating animals, even without all the sensationalist "jaws of death" type of coverage.

Anonymous said...

Could it be that they use the outrageous titles to grab people's attention, which makes them watch and then the viewer can realize, by watching the show, that this isn't so. Or does the content of the show still portray them as mindless killers etc?

Unknown said...

Remains to be seen...either way, quality of the show has dipped since its inception.

Unknown said...

Also Anonymous - by any chance are you from Arlington - where NMS is?