PETA Statement on the Diving Guide Who Punched Sharks in the Bahamas

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk concerning the diving guide who was caught on camera punching a shark in the Bahamas:

Respect for wildlife is something that this stupid man—who twice failed to do his rather simple job of locking a bait box—doesn’t understand, along with the fact that wild animals owe him nothing, although he makes a living off them. PETA feels that his employers should show that they have a different view by letting him go and making him find another way to feed himself.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

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