PETA is known for being risqué. Celebs have even bared all to support the cause. And PETA's latest ad definitely shows some flesh, just not the good kind.
The proposed billboard by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals features a great white shark biting into a severed human leg. The copy reads, "PAYBACK IS HELL. GO VEGAN."
Here's the "catch", PETA hasn't found a home for the ad. It wants to put it up on Anna Maria Island in Florida. But, it may be a little too close to home. In fact they are pretty much using live bait for the ad. A local man was just mauled by a bull shark while spear-fishing Saturday.
Charles Wickersham, 21, survived the attack, but remains hospitalized with a severe wound on his left thigh.
"With sharks in the news, we thought it would be a good time to bring up the fact that sharks are not actually the most dangerous predators on the planet - we are," PETA spokeswoman Ashley Byrne told the NY Daily News.
"Americans alone kill 12 billion fish for food every year."
"We are glad that Mr. Wickersham will be okay," Byrne tells the NY Daily News. "We hope that after this painful and horrible experience he and other fishermen will consider the pain that fish feel and we hope they will consider taking up another pastime."
A shark angler told WWSB-TV in Florida, "If I see one of those billboards that they plan on putting up, I will burn it down."
What do you think of the "biting" ad?
H. Hull sent this email: "Passionate video there! My take on all this PETA and vegan stuff is pretty complex, but I'll try to break it down. I know that PETA, vegans and some vegetarians believe it is just wrong to kill animals and consume them. I am a meat-eater but sometimes I do wonder why I eat it. I sometimes think of the cows or pigs, etc, and think they are living creatures, too. Then it hits me. Besides it being yummy, I realize that we must consume this meat. We must. Think about it...if we never bothered any animal and just let them go, they would overrun the Earth. Eventually, after having eaten all the grass, leaves and our fruits and vegetables that we have grown, they will seek us out. That cow that we just couldn't eat because she was a cute little calf will try to eat us. Eat us? But we're vegans. All of us are vegans now. Remember? The whole world decided years ago to never eat meat again. We are all vegans. How can a cow want to eat us? There is no payback because you are a vegan. Remember? It's just if you eat meat. PETA used the wrong living creature on that billboard. Sharks eat meat regardless of what your diet is (huh, PETA? did you ever consider that? Sharks don't care if you eat meat, vegetables or snickers...they will eat you and your sign). I do believe that PETA should use a cow on their sign. Better yet, meat-eaters should use a cow on their sign. Big sign with a cow on it. Cow with a pair of sneakers and an index finger or something sticking out of its mouth. Sign says 'Don't eat meat...eventually a cow will eat you'. What do you think? Ok, needs a little work...but you get the idea. Have a good one."
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