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Florida Gets Anti-Fishing Message After Shark Reportedly Bites Swimmer

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In response to news that a shark attacked a man who was reportedly swimming near where two men were allegedly fishing off the western shore of Okaloosa Island, Florida, PETA sent beachgoers a message on Friday through a flying banner that read: ‘Keep Hookers off the Beach—No Fishing!’ The Banner cruised up and down the coast for two hours.

“When there’s blood and bait dangling in the water, sharks, who rarely attack without provocation, come to investigate - and the consequences can be disastrous,” said PETA president Ingrid E Newkirk.

“PETA’s banner will remind Pensacola-area beachgoers that fishing is dangerous, not only for coastal wildlife, but also for swimmers and tourists visiting Florida’s beaches.”

When sharks are hooked, they naturally become agitated and may attack passing swimmers. This recently happened at California’s Manhattan Beach.

In addition, discarded fishing tackle injures aquatic animals - and of course, all fish suffer when they’re impaled, pulled from the water and left to suffocate in the open air.

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