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PETA Warns of Dangerous Predators in Water

Written by PETA | January 30, 2009
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San Juan Capistrano has its swallows and Austin has its bats, but who knew that Singer Island, Florida, has its sharks? Lifeguards have reported seeing a thousand sharks this week off just one beach during the sharks’ annual migration south. (Check out this video footage that some surfers shot of a spinner shark leaping and twirling out of the water just a few yards away. Da-yum!)

The enormous number of sharks has forced the beaches to close—but they’ve also drawn a swarm of gawkers and media cameras. And you have to know that wherever gawkers and media cameras can be found, PETA can’t be far away. Yup, we’ve hired a plane to fly up and down the oceanfront tomorrow bearing the message, “Sharks aren’t the only dangerous predators. Go vegetarian.”

Every year, more than 50 million sharks and billions of other sea animals are killed and eaten by human beings—in contrast, fewer than a dozen people worldwide were killed by sharks last year. Many species of sharks and other fish have been decimated by overfishing—it’s estimated that 29 percent of fish species have “collapsed,” or declined by 90 percent over the past 50 years.

That’s why we’re making the case that the world’s most dangerous predators aren’t in the water at all—they’re lined up at the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • kaley says:

    we need to get this news out to as many people as possible. I was telling people i worked with yesterday and they had no clue! So sad! :[

  • nitendofan says:

    mmmhhh the message is not well said. I don’t think to become a stict vegan would resolve the problem. Anyway some sharkfishing are illegal. The best way to remind this is education and better sea surveillance

  • Haley says:

    The shark would happily eat you…

  • lynda downie says:

    “That’s why we’re making the case that the world’s most dangerous predators…are lined up at the allyoucaneat seafood buffet.” What a great way to put it Alisa!

  • Maureen says:

    The world shark population has reached danger point because of illegal finning so that the Chinese can eat the status high shark fin soup. Sharks have their fins cut off and are then thrown back alive to an agonizing death in the sea. Sharks are top predators and without them the whole balance of the seas will compromised for ever.

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    vegancoin I wasn’t objecting to the message that was trying to be made or denying the fact that fish are getting the bad end of the shaft lately but I’m just saying for people who were accutally attacked by sharks they might take it as a kick in the privates. Also sorry for spamming if I did my computer is on the fritz.

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    Swordifhs so your probably right I should go vegeterian.

  • vegancoin says:

    thanks for the heartwarming story nicole. Yes rats and mice are amazing animals and very intelligent. “And how exactly is this not in poor taste considering vegansvegeterians aren’t immune to getting attacked by sharks?” That is a rather bland dull contribution. Another case of out of sight out of mind indifference seems to be the order of the day. Besides “poor taste” is in the eye of the beholder. Visit for more information. and if you are really concerned about overfishing of the oceans pollution and the wanton and careless destruction of the ecosphere and of the planet then you would go vegan.

  • Stephane Le Clair says:

    Thank you so much Alisa for posting this. I strongly suggest everyone who gives a damn about animals to rent or buy the movie ”Sharkwater”you will not believe your eyes and you will understand that WE are the most dangerous predators on the planet….seriouslywe make Jaws look like a really sweet fish! http://www.myspace.comstephaneleclair

  • steve wall says:

    I do find it funny that if a animal kills one person its an all out hunt to kill that animal. But yet people kill animals just for fun and they get a small fine of say $100.

  • nicole says:

    totally different subject but i have to comment on how intelligent mice are… i have a small mouse problem and i can’t seem to encourage them to leave despite having everything edible packed away in containers… meanwhile i have noticed that these mice are planning their city in my kitchen they even have a new garbage dump!!! recently i noticed that they are putting all their rubbish in a corner of the kitchen there is no hole in the wall in this area they aren’t living in this stuff… i didn’t really think much of the fluff they are leaving there until today i noticed their new pile i clean it every day of course has the remains of one of their loved ones in it???? they are yet to master embalming. but how crazy is this out of nowhere is the at least 2 month old remains of a mouse just a little skeleton… the problem is driving me crazy but at least they are entertaining

  • karen says:

    Maybe not in my lifetime but maybe the next life time I’m pretty sure millions of animals and sea animals are going to be endangered!

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    And how exactly is this not in poor taste considering vegansvegeterians aren’t immune to getting attacked by sharks?