Paybacks Are Hell: Spear-Fisher Becomes Live Bait

Published by PETA.

A man who was spear-fishing off Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico found out what it was like to be speared by a fish when a shark bit his left thigh. By issuing a series of biting (geddit?) ads placed in the area, PETA is using this incident to remind Floridians that the deadliest killers in the water aren’t sharks—but human beings.

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Sharks aren’t the only animals who have been striking back:

  • A grizzly bear made sure hers was the last life an avid hunter ever claimed when she charged a pair of men who were hunting animals along the border of Idaho and Montana, killing one of them before she was gunned down. 
  • A woman “hunting” mice inside her California trailer dropped her gun, sending a shot through her knee and her male companion’s groin. The mice escaped.  
  • An Indonesian man who left his seven dogs alone for two weeks without food or water returned to find that they had developed a taste for chow mein man.

Perhaps if animals always fought back, people might think twice about abusing them. It would save a lot of lives all around. And speaking of saving lives—maybe these surfers will always be spared from shark attacks in return for their compassionate actions.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind