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PETA to Aquarium: Cancel Cruel New Program

Written by PETA | October 6, 2009

When I was in elementary school, I had a friend named Katie. We slept over at each other’s houses, hung out during recess, and wore the same clothes, pretending to be twins. I was so ready to give her the other half of my best-friend necklace—but then I heard her talking smack about me in the lunch room. Backstabber.


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The CEO of Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, is a lot like Katie. While the aquarium’s mission is supposedly “to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems,” CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel has just launched a new program called “Seafood for the Future”—which encourages people to eat specific kinds of fish in order to qualify for a free ticket to the aquarium.

If Dr. Schubel really knew what was best for fish, he’d know that eating them isn’t an option. Fish communicate and develop relationships with one another. They experience fear, show affection by gently rubbing against other fish, and even grieve when their companions die. When they are dragged from the ocean’s depths, they undergo excruciating decompression, which often causes their internal organs to rupture.

Encouraging aquarium visitors to eat fish seems a little bit like serving poodle burgers at a dog show. Wouldn’t you think the best way for visitors to safeguard and respect the ocean’s sea life is to adopt a vegan diet? We’ve fired off a letter to Dr. Schubel asking him to cancel this program immediately.

Is it obvious yet that aquariums really don’t care about the animals they’re supposedly protecting?

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • verity says:

    you CAN love animals and still eat meat. just saying. we are omnivores. what i think the problem is is WASTED meat. that’s just terrible animals dying for nothing. i have stopped eating meat to lessen the demand for so much among other reasons. i am pescetarian meaning yes i do eat fish i feel bad about it sometimes but i think that if i gave up fish as well as meat i probably wouldn’t be able to stand being veggie and would give up go back to all meat. so… better save some than none right?

  • Urago says:

    I’ve been to an aquarium. Just once. That manta ray was quite fascinating. I actually prefer museums though. I’m very interested in the animals of the past especially toothed birds. Back on the topic I’m not sure if eating your subject is a great way to study something. That’s like if I was doing research on the tiger shark and I’m having some oceanic eats while doing so. Fish taste terrible anyway. Clams are much better. And why does going vegan seem to be the answer to everything? Wouldn’t the more constructive way be directly dealing with the problem at hand?

  • Kurt K says:

    Before anybody says aquariums are bad I would suggest they go see the Atlanta Aquarium. That place is amazing!

  • M.M. Dan says:

    Even if you don’t like museums or aquariumsyou have got to see a mudskipper sometime in your life. These critters are amazing! I think you’d probably squash one in the wild since they dart around so much though so maybe a this aquarium might be your best bet.

  • Brandon Becker says:

    It’s bad enough that aquariums imprison fishes and other animals but to promote eating the flesh of dead fishes for tickets to get tickets to view live fishes is even worse. Aquariums aren’t about education they are about profit. For the sake of the victims never visit aquaprisons.

  • Kurt K says:

    Simara Fish committing suicide? Really? Don’t you think you are giving them a little to much credit? I have seen many fish in aquariums as long as you drop food into the water the fish will eat. Could it be that these fish starve because the bigger fish get to the food first?

  • simara says:

    zoos and “aqua parks” are prisons for the non humans who are kidnapped and forced to “live” there or for the non humans who are bread there. I have read many fish commit suicide by not eating . thank you for encouraging a VEGAN lifestyle and diet being a Vegan is one of the BEST things a person can be.

  • anthony says:

    I am seem to be the only one who tells PETA the truth you can lover animals and still eat meat or in this case fish which is high in protein and better for you than red meat it is wrong to judge people on what they eat or do. As I have said in the past animals may be loved and cherished but survival of the fittest says we are better than them. That said hopefully you will understand the medium of the situation. Thank you

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Humanity’s irreverence for the lives of our fellow creatures is hellish. Many socalled animal lovers continue to gorge on fleshfoods.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    This makes as much sense as KFC giving out coupons to the Aquarium Pacific telling it’s customers that if they eat they eat the chicken they will get free tickets to the Lorikeet exhibit.

  • msalabama says:

    No body sez it better and does it better than PETA!