Shark Dies During Kmart Commercial Filming
Trainers tried to save the animal, but it died in a facility in California.
Whistle-blowers had contacted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about the death, according to PETA spokeswoman Julia Gallucci.
The shark had been shipped from New York to Los Angeles and was transferred to an aboveground pool in a backyard for the shoot. The animal started showing signs of stress and an AHA representative at the shoot recommended it be moved to another facility for treatment.
However, despite efforts to save it, the shark eventually died, according to a letter PETA sent to Kmart detailing the incident.
"We take this matter seriously and safety is always our paramount concern," said a representative from Sears Holdings Corporation, Kmart's parent company, in response to questions from National Geographic News.
"We have been advised