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Fish Empathy Quilt

Written by PETA | June 29, 2007

OK, I had to admit that I had my doubts when I heard the first rumblings about a giant “fish quilt” we were making to raise awareness about the fact that fish are intelligent, intriguing animals who feel pain just as all other animals do and that they don’t deserve to be violently killed for food, painfully hooked for “sport,” or cruelly confined in aquariums. But now that I see the finished product, I have to admit that it’s pretty cool.

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Lucy of Cuba, Missouri’s square.

Each square was handmade for the quilt by PETA members and supporters across the country. Some people also submitted stories about why they no longer support cruelty to fish, including the following:

  • A Girl Scout troop from Austin, Texas, submitted several patches. The troop members were inspired by a discussion with a former commercial fisher, who had since gone vegetarian, about the damage that fishing does to animals and the environment.
  • A quilter from Winnipeg, Manitoba, shared a story about how she and her grandfather stopped fishing because of the cruelty involved. They found other ways to spend quality time together instead.
  • Several quilters made patches that bear the PETA slogan that Finding Nemo made famous: “Fish Are Friends, Not Food!”

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From Amanda in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada.

The giant fish quilt is now on a nationwide tour a la the aids quilt, so keep your eye out for it. Click here to see the full quilt. Here’s a shot from its opening display in Manhattan last week.

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  • Anita says:

    For days I have been trying to get help for Catfish for sale at a Chinese Supermarket in Austin TX. I have sent photos and contacted PETA I called 311 emergency who told me to call The Cruelty Officer who never returned my call. I saw 40 or more catfish stuffed and packed together so densly in dirty tank water . They were gasping and struggling to move and breathe. Fish in cornors and on the bottom were trapped in desperation to escape. A few died. It was a horrible suffering. So where can I find help for them???

  • Warwak says:

    PETA recognizes the paramount role of the Arts. The Arts are the glue of society for Artists define our world by reflecting life and showing the way to the next through the transmission of knowledge between generations. Artists make observations connections and recommendations that inform direct and shape our lives. PETA is a work of Art embracing evergrowing dimensions and forms with the most beautiful function. Rock on!!!

  • Canaduck says:

    Whoa pretty!

  • Jessica says:

    Fantastic!!

  • Maya says:

    Wooooow! I can’t tell you how cool that is! So much creativity in that quilt. I love the “Happy Sad Anxious Scared” square. What a bunch of creative people!! I bet it’s quite something up close. Jack I know what you mean most people don’t think of “cool” and “quilting” in the same sentence but some of the most radical people I know nowadays are into quilting. It’s becoming popular. Think of it as graffitti without the nasty needlestrewn streets. It is a radical artform. I love that fish AND octopuses and squid are on there too. Squid are a totally underestimated creature.

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