Rosie O?Donnell Under Fire For Dead Shark Photos
TV personality and well-known philanthropist Rosie O?Donnell has met the ire of conservationists everywhere after photos surfaced showing her and her family posing with a dead hammerhead shark off the coast of Florida.
Though the trip in question took place years before the Jan. 1, 2012 statewide ban on harvesting hammerhead sharks, there are still many criticizing the TV host for killing a threatened species, regardless of the different fishing regulations of that time.
The firestorm began when Miami-based fishing guide Mark ?The Shark? Quartiano - a popular hire for celebrities looking to fish - posted a photo of O?Donnell next to a dead shark on his website as "This Month's Celebrity Angler."
Since then, environmentalists have accused the TV host of endorsing the activity of killing overfished species.
Quartiano has come to the defense of O?Donnell, saying to SunSentinel.com that she is ?a great angler. She's very conservation-minded.
?We've caught a lot of fish and released a lot of fish. We've also caught fish for eating and trophies."
After facing backlash on her Twitter and Facebook account, O?Donnell made special mention on her show about endangered sharks, done so in the style of a mock public service announcement.
Though there?s no specific mention of the allegations, O?Donnell appears amused by the situation, even before the Donald Trump dig at the end. She mentions her daughter released a small shark on one trip, indicating that she?s not a hater of animals like her critics are saying.
Instead, she seems to be saying she and her family just like to fish.