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What Happens When Hookers Are Allowed on the Pier?

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 15, 2014

After an angler who was fishing off the pier on California’s Manhattan Beach let a great white shark struggle on his hook for more than 30 minutes, the struggling shark bit a passing swimmer who got too close. The Manhattan Beach City Council quickly suspended fishing off the pier for 60 days, but a temporary suspension isn’t going to stop something similar from happening again.

So, as the council met today to discuss a permanent fishing ban, a PETA banner was flying overhead to encourage it:

Keep Hookers Off the Pier - Ban Fishing Banner

Our plane canvassed the coastline all afternoon, making the point that fishing endangers swimmers, not only with the hooks themselves but also by provoking shark attacks. Sharks, who rarely attack without provocation, can be attracted by blood and bait, and hooked sharks become agitated. Discarded fishing tackle also injures sea animals. And of course, all fish suffer when they’re impaled, pulled from the water, and left to suffocate in the open air.

Friends don’t let friends become hookers. Help save lives by speaking out against hooking today. And if you live in a coastal community, urge your city council to ban fishing from piers.

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  • lkdjs says:

    Do what you can this I not right

  • Linda Mathews says:

    I have been following this story on the news. Last night, it was noted that the Manhattan Beach City Council does not have the power to permanently ban fishing from the pier. It is up to the Coastal Commission and the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to decide whether to do this or not. Please contact these two agencies to voice your opinion. I grew-up not far from Manhattan Beach and still live in So. California, so this is of interest to me, as is anything involving animals, including wildlife and fish.