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 Strahan, PETA has written to Mayor Phil Vickers to offer to pay a fee to hang a banner reading, “Fish Stinks. Go Vegan,” on the outside of council buildings.
While a giant dead-fish graveyard would create quite a stench, it’s the fish industry as a whole that reeks.
PETA’s 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 – as well as protecting the planet and improving our health – is to go vegan.
Today, approximately half the 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 – one of the world’s leading marine biologists – 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 industrialised 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 the meat industry is a leading producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.