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.

The Manhattan Beach Pier. Patch file photo.
The Manhattan Beach 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. At its regularly scheduled meeting scheduled for Tuesday, the council will hear an update on the issue. The council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1400 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. 

"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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Kylie Ludgate July 15, 2014 at 04:27 PM
I rather play it safe and keep fisherman (especially ones who don't follow the law) off our piers. It's not worth endangering others for food. P.S.. fish flesh is full of toxic chemicals like PCBs, DDT, dioxin, mercury, lead, chromium, arsenic...shall I go on?
Duke Noor July 15, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Kylie, the ocean has contaminants in it as well. There's personal risks fishing or swimming and that should be the citizen's choice, not regulated by officials that maintain, manage and/or own the Pier. There are multiple agencies involved, but they all fall under California Constitution Article I Declaration Of Rights Section 25, which upholds the right to fish on our beautiful "fishing pier" that sits on "public lands".
Heather Moore July 15, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Why not just enjoy the beach and the piers without killing animals and putting people at risk? People harm sharks much more often than they harm us and there's plenty to do--and eat--without yanking fish out of the water.
Duke Noor July 15, 2014 at 07:21 PM
White sharks are 43% more prevalent today than in 1999. Reason for their growth in numbers? More food in the form of seals, not humans. Source: ABC World News tonight 7-14-2014. Yanking fish out of the water is the people's right to decide, not politicians. If an accident happens on a roadway and a pedestrian is unfortunately injured, we don't get rid of the roadway, do we?


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