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Shark Victim’s Mom: PETA Is ‘Over The Top’

From Fox News:

Mother of Shark Attack Victim Says PETA Campaign Is ‘Over the Top’

By Joshua Rhett Miller
September 29, 2011

A Florida mother whose 21-year-old son survived a shark attack last week says a planned PETA campaign in response to the incident is "over the top."

But Ella Wickersham, of Longboat Key, Fla., told FoxNews.com she will not give the proposed billboard by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — "Payback Is Hell, Go Vegan" — any thought since her focus is on the recovery of her 21-year-old son, C.J. Wickersham, who remains in stable condition after being bitten by a bull shark on Saturday while spear-fishing near Florida’s Anna Marie Island.

"I’m not even going to dignify them with a response," she told FoxNews.com. "It’s not even worth my response. They are over the top. If they don’t want to eat meat and fish, good for them; you can do whatever you want, and I’ll do what I want."

By the way, last we checked, sharks aren’t vegetarians.

Wickersham said her son received up to 800 stitches to close the gaping wound on his left thigh.

Ashley Byrne, a spokeswoman for PETA, said the animal rights group is still trying to find a place to post the billboard in Manatee County after not finding any suitable locations in Anna Marie Island.

In other words, PETA wanted to put the billboard up as close as possible to where this attack occurred, and where the victim and his family live.

She said PETA is in continuing talks with outdoor advertising companies to post the billboard, which features a bloody leg hanging out of a shark’s mouth.

"We’re still trying to find the best spot that would give maximum exposure at the best rates," Byrne told FoxNews.com. "With the shark attack in the news, we thought it’d be a good time to remind people that sharks are not the world’s biggest predator — we are."

Byrne said Americans kill 12 billion fish annually for food.

PETA claims that 300 million Americans kill 12 billion fish a year? That means every man, woman and child in the US would have to kill on average 40 fish a year.

Somehow we doubt that. Personally, we can’t even recall the last time we killed a fish.

"People have the choice to be kind every time they sit down to a meal," she continued. "We hope the billboard will lead to Floridians choosing a healthy vegan diet."

Actually, it sort of make us want to eat more fish, just to get even. (Which, come to think of it, is how Benjamin Franklin was convinced to give up his vegetarianism.)

Byrne said the billboard is intended to save lives, both animal and human.

"We’re glad that Mr. Wickersham is going to be OK," she said. "We hope that after this experience he considers the pain and terror that fish feel when they are impaled and suffocated to death."

If only these people would feel the same concern for babies.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Shark Victim’s Mom: PETA Is ‘Over The Top’”

  1. untrainable says:

    Healthy vegan diet? I’ve never met a vegan that didn’t look pasty gray and frail. They may exist out there somewhere, but I’ve never met one.

    Like Mom said, if they want to be vegan that’s their business. And, if I want to eat a 3 inch thick filet mignon with butter wrapped in bacon that’s mine. (The risk of an angy cow revenge attack is something I’m willing to risk.) If they could understand that simple concept, then we’d all get along. Unfortunately the protein deficient lil brains that are PETA have no respect for anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their nonsense. And so they deserve none from us.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “…we thought it’d be a good time to remind people that sharks are not the world’s biggest predator — we are.”

    An accidental bit of truth there. Yup, those who demand that the rest of the world think/act as they do are actually, by definition, predators: one that preys, destroys, or devours

    Related to PREDATOR
    Synonyms: bloodsucker, buzzard, harpy, kite, shark, vampire, vulture, wolf

    Other Zoology Terms
    altruism, integument


    • Right of the People says:

      We spent years to get to the top of the food chain and these morons want us to abandon that and become the equals of cows and other grass eaters. No thanks.

      I once asked one of these morons if we’re supposed to only eat plants then why do we have canine teeth and I got a dumb vacuous stare as an answer.

      You have to remember these are the same people who have put out poisoned dog food in hunting areas frequented by bird hunters. Their justification was that the dog was doing something unnatural by helping the hunter find game. I guess they don’t define a dog as an animal.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Clearly carnivores have the right to dine on people.

    But omnivores with the intestinal tract to prove it? No, you will eat your peas and tofu and enjoy it.

  4. pblase says:

    People are not designed for a vegan diet. As a matter of fact, they do seem to be designed for a diet with a lot of fish (there is some scientific evidence to show that our early ancestors spend a LOT of time on the sea shore). Witness the beneficial effects of Omega 3 oils, which are primarily derived from fish.

  5. Anonymoose says:

    It also seems to slip their collective minds that Americans don’t eat sharks; the harvesting of them for food is primarily in Asia for “shark fin soup,” but to point that out would probably be racist.

  6. canary says:

    If the shark bit a person instead of a fish it needs to be killed.
    Right of People. Yeah and teeth to chew the hide of buffaloes. Meat that saved lives in harsh winters when there was no veggies to eat.

    Global cooling has led sharks to the only warmth they enjoy to the shores. Baby’s growing up at the shores. It’s an epidemic do to shark bans, and time to kill and eat them. Quick before fishing poles and spears and outlawed.

    I watched some of the documentaries on sharks and we are putting a fortune in catching and putting cameras on them costing a fortune.

    And have the global idiots we used whale oil once upon a time. Whales eat “a ton” of fish per day and it’s time to eat the whales so there will be more fish.

    Also, the sharks destroy the good stuff on the bottom of the ocean.

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