PETA Mocks Florida Shark Attack Victim in Stupid New Ad

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No matter how much you may love animals, can we just all agree that PETA has become the worst? They're obnoxious turds who actually kill thousands of animals, not to mention they have some of the stupidest, most cloying advertising not dreamed up by Crispin Porter. Now they've put up a billboard mocking a man who was attacked by a shark.

Twenty-one-year-old C.J. Wickersham was spear fishing this past weekend in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island near the Tampa Bay area. A nine-foot bull shark came up and bit Wickersham in his thigh. The attack left a 15-inch gash that exposed his thigh bone. The attack itself wasn't life threatening, but he most likely would have drowned if his friends didn't rescue him.

Wickersham is still recovering in the hospital.

The attack happened Saturday. Today is Wednesday, and PETA has already come around with plans for a graphic billboard mocking Wickersham.

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"It may be an unusual way to get the message across, but I think it will cause people to be more sensitive towards fish," PETA's Ashely Byrne tells WWSB. "We are certainly glad the man is going to be alright, but we hope he and other fishermen will use this as an opportunity to rethink fishing."

So, uh, the point is that people shouldn't eat other living things, unlike other living things who eat other living things. Sometimes even humans. So, it's OK to eat animals, unless you are human? Makes perfect sense, right?

My head hurts. I may need to go eat a cheeseburger while I think this over.

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Ebonific
Ebonific

I wonder how many of them drink milk and eat cheese.. Maybe... Use perfume, hair spray, wear clothes that were made from materials that people fertilize with manure and animal fats and lipids. PETA: People Eating Taxpayer Assets.....

Artmagus
Artmagus

Humans are also animals. There is no preagricultural aboriginal tribe or nation existing or historical that are known vegans.  Domestic farm animals are genetic goofies that were created by humans through careful selection from their wild ancestors. Intelligence, speed, and wariness were bred out of them long ago to make them easier to be kept, fattened up and led to the slaughter. These are the animals that we eat now and it is the only reason for their existence.  Yet factory farming is odious and inhumane on all levels.  If this is how we are to consume animal protein then we must do a better job of it.  Plants must make up the larger part of our diet but to deny our need for animal protein is to deny human evolution.

Alfinisti
Alfinisti

PETA was taken over by the inmates some time ago. Apparently they are able to promote their schizophrenic delusions to those susceptible to their message. The rest of us just laugh and shake our heads while enjoying a good juicy steak on occasion.

PETA SUCKS
PETA SUCKS

He was spear fishing, IE: 1 freaking fish at a time.  He was not some charter boat pulling up thousands of fish in large nets killing other marine life.  PETA HAS BECOME COMPLETELY IGNORANT AND RIDICULOUS!!!!  They really want to make a difference they start and support a fish farm and start breeding life back into the oceans population.  There's in idea that makes some freaking sense instead of wasting money on a Billboard Ad that will probably get them sued.  

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, that's part of my problem with PETA and other extremist animal rights groups - hell, extremists in general: acting like all offenses are the same. I sympathize with vegetarians/vegans and have tried to lower my own meat consumption, but I could never completely give up meat - nor, I believe, would most of the world population. Universal vegetarianism/veganism is never going to happen. I think there should be more emphasis on trying to get most people to eat LESS meat - which would have a far bigger impact on the planet than just 5% of people completely abstaining from meat consumption - and going after large factory farms and large-net fishing, people with no regard for how the raising/catching of animals for food is hurting the environment. Everyday hunters and fishers, however you may feel about their activities, are not the problem. Acting like they are is only going to alienate all but the most ardent supporters, and end up hurting the animal rights cause more than it helps it.

dajtv
dajtv

PETA has become the Wellsboro Baptist Church of some sort of "animal" cause... it seems both groups forget what species they should be most interested in

Tiffany
Tiffany

I think PETA has gone a little over board with this one... Now you are talking about Animals getting "revenge" and eating more humans... And ITS ALL RIGHT?... What kind of group is this... Your original message was for people to decrease the amount of animal product they consume... stick to that message... next thing you know PETA is going to support a mass murder who is a vegan killing other people who eat meat... then just say "Pay Back is Hell"... Give me a break PETA....

Bunny
Bunny

I'll add that I love nature/plants/animals and life in general when I'm in a decent mood.  I eat nearly anything that tastes good & is familiar to me. If monkey balls were reported to taste good, I would not eat them as it is against my range of familiarity/acceptance. Needless suffering isn't necessary for us to get our food. Cruelty is wrong.  It is almost inhuman for a person to be "ok" with acts that deliberately cause/increase UNNECESSARY or ADDITIONAL suffering in any arena.  In this "'dog eat dog" world every living thing eats other living things but  If I had to butcher my own fowl or meat I'd likely do without it for the gruesome reality of it that is disguised by pretty packaging.  On the other hand, in 1969 or '70 we were informed that during an experiment with a plant and a person who was to cut the plant and think on this while passing before the specimen, what was identified with either fear or pain (or both) on the part of the plant registered on test equipment (similar to an electrocardiograph) as the person with the premeditation to injure passed by and nothing registered when others passed near.  This proved that the plant reacted to THE mere THOUGHT of being injured.  We weren't happy to know this.  What are we to eat that doesn't cost something pain/death? To call mean people animals doesn't make sense to me... When my pit bulls fight with each other I tell them to "quit acting like humans".  They usually comply...    

Best1forthejob
Best1forthejob

I read a news report where a man spear fishing was attacked by a billfish. I thought the event bizarre. The article lacked the complete story as the reporter was biased portraying the man as the only injured party (as if his prey feels no pain or fear and fish have no will to live).

Shae Cianne Noble
Shae Cianne Noble

Haha! Made my day. PETA is out of control, insensitive and really needs to get their priorities straight! Don't get me wrong, I love all animals with a passion... but not a passion fueled on stupidity. 

Lord Pun
Lord Pun

Oh yeah, by the way, PeTA. There is not enough land on the planet to grow enough food for everyone to become a vegan. Tell the people in Somalia that eating meat is wrong....

Lord Pun
Lord Pun

PeTA says we can't eat fish, but it's ok for fish to eat us? It's this kind of hypocrisy that is wrong with organizations like this...:p

Kctandmore
Kctandmore

Actually, I think the point is that fish will leave us alone if we leave them alone ("payback is hell.")  We just need to find King Shark so we can negotiate the treaty.

Christie Parker
Christie Parker

Being that we are the only known sentient species on this planet should automatically give us the sense to make us good shepherds. Even the Godless masses should have the collective intelligence to know that if you shit on your food source, it becomes inedible. We aren't and we don't, as a whole. PETA, I applaud your bombastic approach to getting your opinions out, yet find most of your ads juvenile to the point that I'm pretty sure my 3yrold could come up w/ it when he's throwing a tantrum. You seem to be in a race w/ yourself to alienate as many people as you can from your cause. Many of those ads are the definition of "fan service" and lack any attempt to draw new people willing to hear your message.Our poor shepherding of this world has removed much of the natural predators that would correctly regulate wild populations, an yes, we are stretching recources to the breaking point. Perhaps you should be utilizing your own creative team to bring a more "fuzzy" message to the public and some actual, factual information on what people can do to help get the results you seek. Ethical doesn't mean No Kill, sometimes killing-in way that can be a benefit- is the option available.

ILOVESpearingFish
ILOVESpearingFish

Dumb. asses... this made me want to go spearfishing even more

Mr_stuff
Mr_stuff

If you dont want to get bitten by a shark dont hang around in the ocean.

sofnoverit
sofnoverit

I relocated from Miami to Norfolk, VA a few months back and the PETA world headquarters is about a mile from my house.  We get buckets of these wackjobs walking the Ghent downtown area protesting the rape of rabbits and use of frozen pork-chops as a treatment for swelling (or whatever it is exactly that they're protesting).  Anyway, I saw one darkly humored soul wear this t-shirt in a bar packed with PETA personnel: "Meat is murder.  Yummy, tasty murder."  I should have bought that guy a beer. 

Joeboy1015
Joeboy1015

what gets me angry is that she doesn't care that there's less people in the world than fish but that's what we need to get thru her thick head also that shes a JACKASS!!!!!!!!! hoed she like it if her family member almost died better yet if she almost died and every1 taunted her

Joeboy
Joeboy

shes a jack ass CJ Wickersham is my cousin she taunted him and that peeved me off

Ishan
Ishan

Come on. This is not personal to the guy who got his leg bit. It is a message, an aggressive one. And People don't like it because it raises questions that people don't feel comfortable about. Get over it- and maybe if you put this effort into learning a bit more about the animal cruelty that is happening, would be better for everyone.  

Jo
Jo

 The comments here have enlightened me to the fact that most meat eaters can't spell, have poor communication skills and anger problems.

anonymous
anonymous

The internet has enlightened me to the fact that vegans are complete idiots that live in a childish state of mind where meat is some kind of demonic food that isn't needed for survival by other animals.

Commentguy
Commentguy

Hooray! I really like this Ads and this teaches all hunters and fishers a big lesson. This is a big victory! Way to go Shark! Too bad for the 21 years old guy who got his leg bitten off. Tough luck, it is payback!

peta sucks
peta sucks

grow up. its never funny to mock any life. or maybe it is for man-children such as yourself.

Holly Pratt
Holly Pratt

Oh sure, "go vegan"... haven't they ever heard a carrot scream?  Or a baby radish cry for its mommy?  I think someone should start PETV... People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables.

Onreee
Onreee

Plants are living things, should we stop eating altogether. Another example of stupid people taking an idea way too far & twisting it into something ridiculous.

Ruth Lee
Ruth Lee

I like the ad, actually.  He wasn't just some swimmer or surfer, he was out there fishing, and the fish got him first.  Thank God he didn't die.

sara
sara

And using profanity in your advertisement is even more poor taste.  Do you really know what hell is like?  What a blashphemic, smartass, crass, and tasteless campaing strategy.  Who is going to be fired for this blunder - haha

Tim
Tim

Well, I hate PETA. But, profanity? Oh, and there is no hell.

Mr. Baker1976
Mr. Baker1976

You should let others belive what they want dude.

ATL
ATL

Hey PETA - thanks for being really dumb,  At least you have likely helped bring more interviews and attntion to CJ.  I hope he uses the funds to sue you out of business.

sarasays
sarasays

PETA IDIOTS:  Please be sure to include FACTS as you look for places to post your IN POOR TASTE comments.  Quick question, Arent a few of those young adults on the fishing adventure employed for a Veterinarian clinic, saving animals from 8-5pm?  and second, isnt alt least one of those young adults a VEGETARIAN? - raised in a family of vegetarians?  Didnt at least one of them make a local paper for rescuing orphaned cats in a house that was to be demolished?  PETA, you all are plain dumb.  You should find out a little more about those you choose to indirectly attack.  LMFAO - do your research first.   LOL - as for the rest of the readers, be sure to look up the names of these young folks who have done much for helping animals in thier lives.  

Guest13
Guest13

Vegetarians don't eat fish, and definitely shouldn't be fishing.

guest
guest

 You don't have to eat fish to go along fishing.

Electronic Cigarette
Electronic Cigarette

Why hasn't PETA been marked as terrorists yet?

Mr_stuff
Mr_stuff

Same reason your local grocery store or Burger King hasn't.

Every time I see adds for meat from the grocery store or a restaurant I am frightened. It's extreme, so much animal products for such little money, that's a lot of killing. They breed these animals so they can kill them so you can eat them because you demand them. PETA is in no way extreme, they only point out the extreme we do, but, i guess, no one likes to be called out for anything. When we are called out, we typically get defensive, much like almost every response I've read to this article.

What's more extreme, killing/hurting an animal or pointing out that you did it?

spazaru
spazaru

They have, by the US government, and it's ridiculous.  Factory farmers are the real terrorists.  PETA is an animal liberation organization.  The powers that be don't like them because they might cut into their profits.

Cesar M Gonzalez
Cesar M Gonzalez

PETA has gone LOCO WEED........I am all for animal welfare and humane treatment, but this poster is SICK......

Fernie B
Fernie B

Seriously? you going against Peta for stating the obvious? Im not a vegan, I love meat, I dont think polar bears are cute (because they will rip your damn head off), Im afraid of camping..... In other words I respect and in a very scooby doo shaggy way...i fear nature. If you put yourself out there, you become part of the food chain. That's part of the game. Part of the excitement. Me, i dont crave such things. I think the ad is funny... but childish.....but thats my sense of humor

Joseph Araujo
Joseph Araujo

Why do animals need our help to survive in the first place...We shouldnt "own" animals, they were meant to be free in the wild, either enjoying nature, being predators or prey, thats their natural cycle...we as humans messed that all up when we started enslaving animals for either our own protection or their "cuteness."  Everytime i go to a pet store and i see that poor monkey just sitting there i wanna break his poor ass free and send him back to wherever he came from where he gets to be himself...not for some rich f*ck to be buying him and giving him some scientist made monkey food that the poor thing has to eat for the rest of his life...all pet owners suck...the happiest dogs i ever seen were the ones that lived out in the wild...

Mr. Baker1976
Mr. Baker1976

Ha, you know, I own a cat, and he really have to be the happiest cat in the world. They got someone to feed them everyday, pet them, scratch their stomach..... I really doubt that they would want to go out and live in the wild. They go outside just about everyday, but hardly leave my yard, let alone go down the street of my neighborhood and go into the woods. And get this, they actually hunt, yea, did you know that there are animals out there that actually hunt other animals? Shocking isn't it? He's gotten a few birds, some lizards, and nearly got a squirrel. You saying all pet owners suck, I say every member of PETA and their supporters need to die in a fire...

Fernie B
Fernie B

you gotta tell me where you can buy a monkey in miami,  i thought it was illegal to buy a monkey....I want a monkey...like the one in outbreak...just to freak people out

Stephan Lottier
Stephan Lottier

someone else need to run PETA!they have gonne way to far off base.now there going after fishing?your to tell me that everyone in PETA is a vegan?WOW!!!!

Guest13
Guest13

You know that fish are animals, right?  If you eat fish, you aren't even vegetarian.  And the fish probably die in a worse way than many of the cows and chickens we eat, since they either suffocate or are bludgeoned.

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