Shark dies in backyard pool during Kmart commercial shoot - CBS46 News

Whistleblower: Shark dies in backyard pool during Kmart commercial shoot

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The store Kmart is facing scrutiny after a white-tipped shark died during a commercial shoot in Van Nuys, CA.

The shark was placed into an above-ground backyard pool on March 6, according to a whistleblower on set.

Members with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were furious when the whistleblower alerted them.

According to the tipster, human actors repeatedly jumped in and out of the pool during the shoot, which likely caused the animal to stress.

PETA was told that The American Humane Association, which approved the script and was on set, allowed shooting to continue for about an hour after the shark began exhibiting signs of stress.

The shark was then reportedly taken out of the pool and died later that day.

PETA is contacting the AHA regarding its failure to protect the shark.

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