PETA Statement re Lifeguards Who Killed a Shark in the Dominican Republic in Order to Take a ‘Selfie’

Good Afternoon,

I hope this message finds you well. Please see below a statement from PETA regarding the lifeguards who killed a shark on a beach in the Dominican Republic in order to take a ‘selfie.’ Have a nice day.

Shame on these so-called “lifeguards” for dragging a struggling shark out of the water and subjecting him or her to a painful and terrifying death by suffocation. This shark is only one of many animals killed in recent months so that ignorant gawkers could snap a “selfie.” How many more examples of animal suffering do we need before humans understand that animals are not playthings for them to use and abuse? PETA urges all beachgoers and tourists to leave sharks and other marine animals in peace and to choose nonviolent activities, such as surfing and kayaking, instead of fishing—as fish suffer just like this shark did when they’re yanked from the water and suffocated.

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