Every now and then I have to pause and give thanks that our world includes wing nuts like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. After all, they bring such great humor to the breakfast table, never mind fodder for a blogger!
PETA, you’ll recall, is the organization that advocates changing the name of fish to “sea kittens!” They claim anglers, like me, are terrible because we “hurt fish” when we catch them. Then, we even have the audacity to eat them. So, we’d be more likely to stop fishing if fish were called “sea kittens.” No one would want to hurt a kitten, they logic.
So, I recently picked up the St. Petersburg Times and there it was . . . an item about a new billboard just posted at nearby Anna Marina Island (Fla.). It shows a human leg hanging out of a Great White shark’s mouth and the headline reads: “Payback is Hell. Go Vegan.”
Clearly the loons from PETA wasted no time playing off an actual shark bite that did happen two weeks ago to local resident Charles Wickersham in the Gulf of Mexico. Wickersham was scuba diving when a suspected bull shark decided to take a deep bite out of his thigh. The bite was severe, but not considered life threatening. Wickersham’s five friends brought him back aboard their boat and raced to waiting paramedics on the island.
No question PETA is great at getting publicity (here I’m blogging about them.) They need to if they’re going to raise the money to support a reported 300 employees. They’re also good at coming up with absurd proposals, like this one: PETA once claimed it would donate $3 million to rebuild a fishing pier in Tampa Bay and there were only two conditions -- rename the pier “Sea Kittens Pier,” and prohibit any fishing there! It didn’t sell.
Humans hook, spear, maim and kill fish everyday, according to PETA. They’re slogan is: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment.” For me, PETA never ceases to entertain. In Casper, Wyo., for example, the PETA’ers there have been holding signs and handing out leaflets to parents with a picture of a hooked fish. Their message: “Don’t Let Your Kids Become Hookers.” (I'd like to dwell on this longer but, frankly, I’m taking my grandson fishing this afternoon.)
Finally, I am all grins at this one. PETA vice president Tracy Reiman provides us with this wisdom: “The most dangerous predator of all is the one holding the fishing rod . . . or standing at the ‘all you can eat’ seafood buffet.” Good grief, that’s me on both counts! Well, all I can say is: Today I’ll have my sea kitten deep fried, thank you.