Written by PETA
Do you know what
you're seeing when you look at seafood? It seems that most of us don't. When Consumer Reports
tested 190 different samples of fish from restaurants and stores, they found
that more than 20 percent were being marketed as something other than what they
actually were. A similar investigation by the Boston Globe found that as much as 48 percent of fish flesh is mislabeled.
will no doubt dismay people who try to
buy only species of fish that they think are sustainable. But "sustainable"
is simply a marketing buzzword that the seafood industry likes to use. Eating any
fish at all contributes to the decimation of the ocean's ecosystem.
© Alaska Fisheries Science Center
The massive nets
and long-lines used by factory
are indiscriminate in what types of fish they catch, and fishers simply toss
overboard the dead or dying dolphins, sea turtles, and other "bycatch"
they don't want. Farmed
such as salmon and sea bass are often carnivorous, so many pounds of wild fish
must be caught to feed those on farms.
the label on the package matches the fish under the cellophane, one thing we
can be sure of is that the flesh we are eating came from an intelligent animal with a
who did not want to be gutted
alive or suffocated.
If we can eat faux fish, such as Vegieworld's codfish,
that tastes the same, is free of harmful toxins like mercury
and PCBs, and doesn't claim any animals' lives, why not?
Forty-thousand young salmon are swimming free in San Francisco Bay
this week after someone cut the netting of their cramped holding pens.
© Robert Koopmans | iStockphoto.com
The salmon were being held in 25-foot-by-16-foot-by-8-foot pens, and with 20,000 to a
pen, this means that there were more
than six 10-inch fish per cubic foot. Fish kept in such crowded conditions
often suffer from severe injuries, and in such filthy conditions they are also susceptible
to parasites that can eat their faces down to the bone. On fish farms,
as many as 40 percent of the fish die before they are even scheduled for
Farming salmon—for commercial use or for enhanced
angling opportunities—also depletes the ocean of other fish. It can take more
than 5 pounds of ocean fish to
produce just 1 pound of salmon.
Do fish a favor, and leave them in the water where
they belong. Enjoy a day on a boat or hiking near a creek without hurting
animals, and leave fish off your plate with delicious faux-seafood recipes.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
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