DIARY: Humorless advocates attempt joke

An April Fool’s prank pulled off by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has given new meaning to the phrase ’sleeping with the fishes.’

An April Fool’s prank pulled off by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has given new meaning to the phrase ’sleeping with the fishes.’

An April Fool’s prank pulled off by the People for the Ethical

Treatment of Animals (PETA) has given new meaning to the phrase

’sleeping with the fishes.’



A press release sent to Texas news outlets during the last week of March

claimed that PETA planned to release tranquilizers into Lake Palestine

before the April 1 Red Man Cowboy Fishing Tournament. ’This year, the

fish will be napping, not nibbling,’ PETA quoted its fictitious

spokesperson Joe Kizonue (It makes sense if you read it out loud) as

saying.



The Associated Press and The Dallas Morning News both fell for the fish

story hook, line and sinker. Fort Worth Star-Telegram state reporter

Bill Hanna was the first to get the joke, but only a day after the fact

- the story had gotten bumped by coverage of a tornado ripping through

the city.



Interview-weary Tom Mallory, manager of the agency that runs the lake,

was ’both kind of amused and angry’ when Hanna pointed out the

prank.



’I don’t know what it will mean the next time PETA puts out a press

release,’ Hanna says, although he conceded, ’The week before April 1,

you ought to read every press release twice.’



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