Dear PTTS sponsors,
We have received many email inquiries from businesses wishing to “quietly walk away” who may or may not agree with our opinions or methods, but wish to remove themselves from the controversy. Several have expressed the opinion they personally wish to remove their sponsorship, but have ongoing relationships with individuals and other businesses who may remain affiliated with the event, we respect this position entirely.
The boycott and protest campaigns organized and supported by Save the Tarpon, Inc are not meant to do damage to businesses. They are meant to express the free will of the consumer and show our displeasure with your business’s support of what we feel is a destructive and unethical event. We are well aware of the potential damage that can be done by a protest, and in this respect we would not wish to continue to promote a boycott of any business that is not involved in the PTTS.
We have started a telephone and email campaign to notify businesses of this position and to allow them sufficient notice so that they may make a final decision about their affiliation with the PTTS. This is not blackmail and there is no ultimatum stating that you must remove your sponsorship ‘or else.’ Through our contact with many sponsors, the opinion of most is that they have not been properly informed regarding the controversy surrounding the PTTS and its methods. This phone campaign is to help not only inform sponsors of our position, as stated by us, not by our detractors. It also provides notice to the business so they have time to remove themselves from the list, as well as providing them the information below as to how they can be removed from the listing.
Our primary mission is to promote awareness of the damage being caused by PTTS to the Boca Grande Tarpon fishery, the community, and its heritage. Many sponsors we have contacted are offended by our methods stating that they agree with our position (after reading some of our materials or actually taking the time to speak with us, to those who have we thank you graciously). That being said, it takes only moments online to find numerous negative or controversial reports from many reputable sources in the media with regards to the PTTS. Among them, you will not find a single in support of the event that does not come from someone with a vested interest in the event. Those businesses must also shoulder some of the blame, as much of this controversy has been known for years.
You may not agree with our methods, but we don’t think that any of those who have taken the time to contact us will say that we are irrational or untrustworthy. We do hold 100% by our convictions, and out of fairness we do not show any favortism towards sponsors of the event. Many of us have friends, acquaintances, business contacts, and even family participating in and supporting the PTTS. This is not an attack on these individuals or on their personal businesses, but rather is an attack on the revenue stream of those profiting from the destruction of a natural resource that we all feel very passionately about. The following requirements and stipulations will be upheld and enforced equally among all sponsors, no matter the size, relationship to members, etc.
Though some businesses chose to support our mission, others wish only to be free of the controversy. We respect both positions equally. We will take the time to outline a very simple process for removing yourself from the list:
- Notify us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Boycott) that you will not be participating in 2013. You may give us a reason, tell us your are pleased with our mission, let us know how much you hate us, or say nothing. Believe it or not, we greatly value your constructive feedback.
- Let us know if you would like us to announce your removal publicly. We will make no public mention of your removal from the tournament and will simply take you off the boycott/blacklist/protest list if you do not request us to make a statement. Your email will remain 100% confidential providing that the business in question actually follows through with their removal from the 2013 event. You are welcome to prepare a public statement separate from your email if you are so inclined. * No public statement is required.*
- We will keep all correspondence between your business and Save the Tarpon, Inc strictly confidential. Those of you that have taken the time to speak with some of our members on the phone can attest to our ethics on this.