Animal rights activists are quite upset over the news that a Kmart shark died in Los Angeles. The shark had been shipped from New York to Los Angeles to be used in a commercial for the giant retailer, and now the Washington Post reported on March 14 that the shark died.
The 5-foot-long shark had been placed in an above-ground pool at a home in California where the commercial was being shot. The shark began to show signs of distress, and the Kmart shark was injected with adrenaline and given oxygen in efforts to save it. Sadly, it wasn't enough and the shark died the same day.
Production was shut down within an hour of the Kmart shark showing signs of distress, which seemed to occur as the actors jumped in and out of the pool where the shark was. Kmart says the incident is being investigated, while PETA and other organizations have been calling on the retailer and others to stop using animals in commercials like this.
Many think it's a sad incident to learn that the Kmart shark seemingly died simply due to being stressed over the circumstances surrounding being used in a television commercial. Should commercials stop using animals in their productions?