Written by Michelle Kretzer
Hundreds of bass were crammed into tanks
inside a truck traveling through Irvine, California, bound for the market. They
never made it. The truck flipped over, cracking the tanks, and when
firefighters opened the doors, the fish spilled out onto the roadway. Those who were not already dead from their injuries or lack of oxygen suffocated
on the pavement.
Had the accident claimed human lives, it
wouldn't have been surprising to see a memorial erected for the victims. So,
because fish feel pain, value their lives, and don't want to die, just like human beings, PETA has
requested that Irvine allow us to place a sign at the accident site in their
Fish are intelligent animals who have impressive long-term memories and develop complex social structures. They use tools, tell time, count, and
enjoy singing. But fish killed for food are typically either cut open and gutted alive or
suffocated to death.
The best way for people to keep fish
from suffering is to stop
eating them. But erecting a memorial that reminds the drivers who haul them to be careful
with the lives that they hold in their hands seems like the least that we can
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