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Animal-Rights Group To Campaign For Ban On Fishing From Piers

Posted Jul. 15, 2014, 9:05 am

Staff Report

An animal-rights group campaigning for a ban on fishing from piers will send a banner flying over Southland beaches today with the message "Keep Hookers Off the Pier! Ban Fishing."

The aerial display by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will come just hours before the Manhattan Beach City Council meets and hears a report on the temporary fishing ban the city imposed for its pier after a shark that had been hooked by an angler bit a swimmer.

Steven Robles, 50, was bitten July 5 by a great white shark believed to have been between seven and 10 feet long. The shark had been hooked by a  fishing line and was struggling to get free when Robles swam by.

PETA has called on Manhattan Beach and other cities to permanently ban fishing from piers, saying the activity can attract sharks, and contending discarded fishing tackle can injure aquatic animals.

"PETA's banner will remind beach communities in Los Angeles County that the best way to protect coastal wildlife -- and keep swimmers safe -- is to ban pier fishing," said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "People who live in a coastal community can and should call their city council representatives and demand that permanent bans be passed as soon as possible.''

Manhattan Beach officials initially instituted a roughly three-day ban on fishing from the pier following the shark attack. But it later agreed to extend the ban until Sept. 7. The City Council is expected to discuss the issue at its 6 p.m. meeting today.

The plane towing the PETA banner is expected to take off at 11 a.m. from Long Beach, then fly between Redondo Beach and Zuma Beach until about 3 p.m.

Fishing for sharks is illegal, but state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials opted not to cite the anglers involved in the Manhattan Beach shark attack, saying there was no reason to believe they were targeting sharks.

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Jul. 15, 2014, 11:55:04 am

LucyP said...

Manhattan Beach and other coastal cities should take PETA’s advice and permanently ban fishing. Fish suffer when they are impaled and left to suffocate, and as the recent fishing-provoked shark attack on a swimmer shows, fishing can come back to bite humans, too.

Jul. 15, 2014, 12:37:23 pm

FashionFan said...

I think the banner is clever and funny. And if it saves some human and ocean animal lives, why not?

Jul. 15, 2014, 2:13:48 pm

Robert Arnold said...

I vote for a permanent BAN on Manhattan Beach pier fishing.

Jul. 15, 2014, 4:27:39 pm

Chandra Peskin said...

I am also voting for a permanent ban on fishing (hooking them for sport is sick

Jul. 15, 2014, 9:02:08 pm

Science of truth. said...

I am voting for eating at Enterprise Fish Co tonight! Fish don't have the same kinds of pain receptors as humans. They use a lateral line. You're assigning human emotion to a being that has no emotion. Cows and chickens, yes, painful death. Fish? Nah. So go ahead and stick a hook or a fork in one, it does nothing. Sorry that goes against your religious beliefs but it's science. Google it you bunch of brain surgeons. FISH ON MY FRIENDS!

Jul. 15, 2014, 9:03:47 pm

Pita said...

Overreact much?

Jul. 16, 2014, 2:51:33 am

Suzanne Carlson said...

Love this clever banner! Faking out a fish is nothing to be proud about. Leave them in peace!

Jul. 16, 2014, 8:38:52 am

StormyH said...

Fishermen (and women), Raise your poles in protest. Fishing from piers across the nation is time honored and hurts no one. If one accident would create a ban, we better start confiscating cars, bicycles and oh yes, that dog toy over which I just tripped!

Jul. 16, 2014, 12:15:24 pm

MarcyC said...

PeTA cares NOTHING about danger to humans. This is just another publicity stunt in their continuing propaganda to eliminate animal use in our society, which will never happen.

Jul. 16, 2014, 1:56:25 pm

Heather said...

Why not just enjoy the beach and the pier without killing animals and putting people at risk? People harm sharks much more often than they harm us. We’ve turned the ocean into an all-you-can-eat buffet, but there's plenty to do--and eat--without yanking fish out of the water.

Jul. 16, 2014, 3:01:08 pm

Elizabeth said...

7 Things You Didn’t Know About PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) 1) According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 19,200 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1998. This behavior continues despite PETA’s moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by farmers, scientists, restaurant owners, circuses, hunters, fishermen, zookeepers, and countless other Americans. PETA puts to death over 90 percent of the animals it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to make a reasonable attempt to find them adoptive homes. PETA holds absolutely no open-adoption shelter hours at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, choosing instead to spend part of its $32 million annual income on a contract with a crematory service to periodically empty hundreds of animal bodies from its large walk-in freezer. 2) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.” This means the complete abolition of meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, zoos, aquariums, circuses, wool, leather, fur, silk, hunting, fishing, and pet ownership. In a 2003 profile of Newkirk in The New Yorker, author Michael Specter wrote that Newkirk has had at least one seeing-eye dog taken away from its blind owner. PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals, including research aimed at curing AIDS and cancer. 3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. During the 1990s, PETA paid $70,200 to Rodney Coronado, an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) serial arsonist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory. In his sentencing memorandum, a federal prosecutor implicated PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in that crime. PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich has also told an animal rights convention that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation,” adding, “Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it.” 4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, even waiting outside their schools to intercept them without notifying their parents. One piece of kid-targeted PETA literature tells small children: “Your Mommy Kills Animals!” PETA brags that its messages reach over 1.2 million minor children, including 30,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 12, all contacted by e-mail without parental supervision. One PETA vice president told the Fox News Channel’s audience: “Our campaigns are always geared towards children, and they always will be.” 5) PETA’s president has said that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it.” And PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, solely because they support animal-based research aimed at curing life-threatening diseases and birth defects. And PETA helped to start and manage a quasi-medical front group, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, to attack medical research head-on. 6) PETA has compared Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust to farm animals and Jesus Christ to pigs. PETA’s religious campaigns include a website that claims—despite ample evidence to the contrary—that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. PETA holds protests at houses of worship, even suing one church that tried to protect its members from Sunday-morning harassment. Its billboards taunt Christians with the message that hogs “died for their sins.” PETA insists, contrary to centuries of rabbinical teaching, that the Jewish ritual of kosher slaughter shouldn’t be allowed. And its infamous “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign crassly compared the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide to farm animals. 7) PETA frequently looks the other way when its celebrity spokespersons don’t practice what it preaches. As gossip bloggers and Hollywood journalists have noted, Pamela Anderson’s Dodge Viper (auctioned to benefit PETA) had a “luxurious leather interior”; Jenna Jameson was photographed fishing, slurping oysters, and wearing a leather jacket just weeks after launching an anti-leather campaign for PETA; Morrissey got an official “okay” from PETA after eating at a steakhouse; Dita von Teese has written about her love of furs and foie gras; Steve-O built a career out of abusing small animals on film; the officially “anti-fur” Eva Mendes often wears fur anyway; and Charlize Theron’s celebrated October 2007 Vogue cover shoot featured several suede garments. In 2008, “Baby Phat” designer Kimora Lee Simmons became a PETA spokesmodel despite working with fur and leather, after making a $20,000 donation to the animal rights group. Want evidence? Visit • •

Jul. 16, 2014, 5:24:01 pm

Don said...

So no hero metal to the fisherman who distracted the shark so as not to do more damage to the swimmer?

Jul. 16, 2014, 6:33:33 pm

Alexis Kaiser said...

They are really "fishing" for attention now. Pun intended. People of PETA get a life and leave everyone else alone. This group is no longer credible and its because of BS like this.

Jul. 16, 2014, 11:50:00 pm

Life feeds on life said...

What will Pita do when we learn that lettuce has feelings and screams silently as you eat your salad?

Aug. 4, 2014, 3:40:58 pm

Joe Sarmiento said...

Shark fishing is not illegal. White sharks can't be taken, but the act of fishing itself is not a crime. Just like owning a fur coat isn't a crime. It's a matter of choice and choice shouldn't be legislated out because one group opposes it. Last I checked, this was still America.

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