PETITION: Tell Thai Union to Stand Up For Human Rights and Our Oceans
"Thai Union Group: As the largest canned tuna company in the world, you have a responsibility to lead the change to truly sustainable fishing methods, and full transparency and traceability of our seafood from ship to plate. As informed citizens and consumers, we expect you to clean up your supply chain and help ensure our oceans, and the people whose livelihoods depend on them, have a fair and sustainable future."
Thai Union, the largest canned tuna company in the world, has been connected to labor abuse and destructive fishing, but is currently considering changes to its operations that would change the seafood industry forever. Thousands of people have demanded better products on store shelves, and the company is listening.
Momentum is growing as retailers, pet food companies, and tuna brands around the globe commit to sell more responsibly-caught products. As the world’s largest supplier of canned tuna, it is up to Thai Union to continue this movement in the right direction -- for workers, marine life, and the ocean.
We have the power to push Thai Union to act immediately.
Imagine you’ve got a vessel full of illegally caught fish; you might even be using slave labor to operate that vessel. You’re not going to want to pull into port, report your catch and allow your crew members to wander ashore are you?
In order to hide illegal catches and prolong time at sea, commercial operators are transferring their catch from smaller boats to giant cargo ships and restocking and refuelling at sea, thus avoiding port calls and controls.
It’s called transhipping and, although legal if the cargos are legal, it masks all manner of illegal and highly unethical behaviour in the tuna industry.
It also makes it hard to know where your tuna was caught, or what and who was harmed in the process. When the sourcing is so murky, how are we to know whether our tuna is “good” or not?
To find out how you can avoid transhipped tuna and support the good guys, see here.