PETA to Fly Banner Over Beaches Tuesday, Saying 'Keep Hookers off the Pier'

'Hookers,' referring to fishermen. The action is in response to a 60-day ban on fishing after a swimmer was attacked by a shark hooked on a fishing line from Manhattan Beach Pier.

Malibu Pier. Patch file photo.
Malibu Pier. Patch file photo.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will take to the skies Tuesday to urge the Manhattan Beach City Council and other beach cities to pursue a permanent ban of fishing off local piers.

In typical PETA fashion, the banner will feature a double entendre, "Keep Hookers off the Pier."

"PETA's banner will remind beach communities in Los Angeles County that the best way to protect coastal wildlife—and keep beachgoers safe—is to ban pier fishing," PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said in a statement.

The move is in reaction to a shark attack earlier this month, during which a long-distance swimmer crossed paths with a juvenile great white hooked on a fisherman's line.

The city of Manhattan Beach approved an emergency permit, banning pier fishing until Sept. 7. 

"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," Newkirk said.

The plane will depart from Long Beach and travel along the coast from Redondo Beach to Malibu.

Meanwhile, Professor Chris Lowe from Cal State Long Beach's Shark Lab is giving a free lecture on sharing the South Bay waters with sharks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach. 

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Stephanie Winnard July 15, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I hope the permanent ban passes, as fishing in crowded areas is simply to dangerous to the public. Also, science now confirms what common sense tells us which is that fish feel pain, and that's another reason to ban fishing off the pier. A new study published in Animal Cognition confirms that fish have good memories, are capable of complex cognitions, they have culture, and they definitely feel pain. The author of the study says we must include fish in our moral circle.
Suzanne Carlson July 16, 2014 at 05:52 AM
Love this clever banner! Faking out a fish is nothing to be proud about. Leave them in peace!
Heather Moore July 16, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Why can't people 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.


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