For Immediate Release:

7 June 2016

Serving Fish at Aquariums Is Like Serving Monkey Nuggets at Zoos, Say PETA

Mooloolaba – This morning, the day before World Oceans Day, PETA Australia fired off a letter to Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba calling on the management to stop serving fish at its café and in-house events – a practice that contradicts the aquarium’s invitation to the public to appreciate the wonder of living fish.

“Experts agree that fish are sensitive, intelligent animals who feel pain and have complex social structures. No one – particularly not a facility that is supposed to promote respect for sea life – needs to put them on the menu”, says PETA Associate Director Ashley Fruno. “The rise of so many delicious, readily available faux-fish dishes means visitors can enjoy a tasty meal without slaughtering animals.”

Biologists have found that fish develop relationships with each other and grieve when their companions die. Some fish are capable of using tools, while others gather information by eavesdropping. They are so good-natured that Dr Sylvia Earle, one of the world’s leading marine biologists, has said, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel”. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – encourage all caring people to choose tasty vegan options.

PETA’s letter to Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba is available here.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.