Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Save Sharks, Stop Squalane

With the holidays right around the corner, many shoppers are rushing to buy last-minute gifts. But if you plan on shopping online this holiday season, we ask you to think twice before shopping at the Vermont Country Store, purveyors of a product that is deadly to sharks.
>>Take Action: Tell the Vermont Country Store to stop peddling shark squalane!

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Earlier this year Oceana staffers were shocked to discover a company with a very familiar name, "Oceana," has been manufacturing 100 percent pure shark squalane as a skin enhancer. The irony was not lost on us that a company with our name has been promoting the death of the very species we are working to protect. But even worse, the Vermont Country Store sells the stuff.Squalane is obtained from the livers of deep sea sharks, which are some of the most vulnerable sharks in the world. Deep sea sharks typically grow slowly, mature late in life and have only a few young during their long lives. As a result, deep sea shark populations are at extreme risk and only recover very slowly. It's simply wrong to let sharks disappear for the sake of personal beauty, especially when squalane can be made from alternatives such as olives. The health of our oceans depends on the survival of sharks, and yet sharks continue to suffer at the hand of humans.'Tis the season to extend your goodwill and protect deep sea sharks. Please contact the Vermont Country Store today and ask them to stop selling this deadly product.
For the oceans ,Elizabeth Griffin Marine Wildlife ScientistOceana
Tell the Vermont Country Store to stop peddling shark squalane!

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customer service said...

Dear Vermont Country Store Customer,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us about our sale of Squalane. We always appreciate hearing from our customers and encourage feedback about what we're doing well and what we need to improve.

In October we received a letter from Andrew Sharpless, CEO of Oceana, who brought the concerns you've expressed to our attention. We responded that we would take his concerns under advisement and have our Merchandising department look into the matter. We also explained that, as Purveyors of the Practical and Hard to Find, we have made a commitment to provide our customers with products they are looking for; Squalane was one such product.

Our Merchandising department has since confirmed with the manufacturer of this product that the ingredient used in Squalane is a by-product; sharks are not being killed simply to obtain this ingredient. That said, we are still looking into this matter and once we know more about this product we will do what is best for our customers.

Again, we appreciate your feedback, and hope you will continue to shop at The Vermont Country Store.

Lynn Jeffrey
Head of Operations
The Vermont Country Store

Hope said...

Please write to and ask them to stop selling squalane products. They sell both skin products and supplements made with whale squalane.

Medical Information said...

Squalane is present in human bodies that aids in guarding the skin. It has many health benefits like, it rejuvenate, nurture, moisturise and increase oxygen supply to the skin. It is non-greasy version of moisturisers, repairs cracks. It relieves skin eruptions, pigmentation, dryness, eczema etc. For more information on squalane, refer squalane