For Immediate Release:
24 July 2018
Animal Rights Group’s Action Comes After Fishy Claims From TSGA
Tasmania – After hearing the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association’s (TSGA) fishy claims of strong council support for its Notice of Intent to the Environment Protection Authority to build a temporary “mort holding facility” at the Aquaculture Hub just outside of Strahan, PETA has written to West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers offering to pay a fee to hang a banner reading, “Fish Stinks. Go Vegan,” on the outside of council buildings.
“While a giant fish graveyard would create quite a stench, it’s the fish industry as a whole that reeks,” says PETA Campaigns Adviser Mimi Bekhechi. “Our advert would provide Tasmania’s residents with an important reminder that the most powerful step each one of us can take to prevent fish from dying needlessly in Macquarie Harbour and beyond – and to protect the planet and improve our health – is to go vegan.”
Today, approximately half of fish killed for food spend most of their lives crowded into filthy tanks where infection and parasites run rampant. By 2030, nearly two-thirds of those slaughtered for food will live and die on these filthy, disease-ridden farms.
Fish have complex nervous systems and exhibit reactions to pain, including strong avoidance of pain stimuli and rapid respiration, which is why Dr Sylvia Earle, the world’s leading marine biologist, famously said, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel.”
In addition to sparing countless animals daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s fish, meat, egg, and dairy industries, vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters are. Plant-based meals are “greener”, too, because animal agriculture is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – offers a free vegan starter kit on its website, which contains recipes, tips on dining out, and more. The group’s letter to Mayor Vickers is available upon request.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.