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PETA's Shark Attack Ad in Poor Taste?

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A man who was reportedly bitten by a 9-foot bull shark while fishing off of the coast of Anna Maria Island on Saturday is now the target of a vicious outdoor advertising campaign on bus benches and billboards in and around Manatee County, Florida. As the friends who helped save his life were interviewed on national television and C.J. Wickersham was recovering after getting 700 to 800 stitches in his leg at Bayfront Medical Center, PETA was completing the design of its anti-fishing campaign featuring a shark swimming with a bloody human leg in its mouth. Officials with PETA said the campaign was prompted by reports that Wickersham was bitten by a shark while spearfishing in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Anna Maria Island. The message behind the outdoor advertising campaign is meant to be that the deadliest killers in the water aren't sharks — they're humans. The ad shows what PETA describes as "a human drumstick" hanging out of a shark's mouth next to the words "Payback Is Hell. Go Vegan."

While the billboards may be in poor taste, there is nothing in county ordinances to prevent the outdoor ad campaign from coming to Bradenton, said County Commissioner Carol Whitmore.

"It's all free speech," she said. So what do you think? Is the ad in poor taste for shark attack victims, or does it prove a valid point about overfishing the oceans? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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