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Something Fishy Going On in Seattle

Written by PETA | July 13, 2009

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) held its annual convention in Seattle this weekend and—despite public outcry—allowed attendees to participate in a dead-fish toss.


I don’t know about y’all, but when I’m looking for an “outrageously fun” time, I go dancing. I don’t throw around corpses. So to remind the AVMA that sea kittens feel pain just as dogs and cats do—and to provide a memorable image of the suffering that the AVMA willingly supports—we held a stunning demonstration in front of the conference for all attendees and Seattleites to see:


Our eye-catching display reminded people that the AVMA was responsible for suffocating sea kittens.
AVMA demonstration
Is it just me, or did the guy in the middle kind of luck out with the seating arrangement?
AVMA demonstration
Weekend shoppers and media personnel spent much of their time admiring these “dead fish.”
AVMA demonstration


In the words of PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, “The AVMA is a trade group that often sides with animal abusers, not with animals. People expect more from the very people who are charged with helping and protecting animals.”

Hopefully the attention-grabbing demonstration armed people with some future lifesaving knowledge.

Written by Christine Doré

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  • PETA says:

    Re: Lynn. While we commend veterinarians for tirelessly working to help and save animals, this particular behavior is inexcusable. As the nation’s largest veterinary organization, it is especially callous for the AVMA to engage in a stunt that is so disrespectful to animals. It sends a terrible message to the public when veterinarians call it “fun” to toss around animals’ corpses. There is no moral difference between flinging fish bodies and tossing dead puppies or kittens, so the AVMA shouldn’t endorse one any more than the other. PETA’s goal is to point out that fish are living beings capable of feeling pain and distress—just as dogs and cats are—and that it is no more acceptable to hurt fish than it is to hurt any other animal. To learn more about these animals’ intelligence and capacity for suffering, please visit and

  • Lynn says:

    I am quite disturbed. I am an entering vet student, and as politely as I possibly can I urge ya’ll to be responsible and get the real story. Do not base the actions of some unethical vets on the industry itself. You are practically demoralizing what so many of us commit our lives to, helping and saving animals.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Toni I was a veterinary assistant for many years. I know exactly what they do to the bodies that are not picked up. That is why my birds are buried in my backyard and when my dog departs for Rainbow Bridge I am taking him to Seabreeze Pet Cemetary for cremation. Here is my Camp Snoopy story When I was in training our class toured our local animal “shelter” which was located next to our local human incarceration center known to one and all as “Camp Snoopy.” We toured the area where the euthanizations are done. The workers in that area were jumpsuit clad Camp Snoopy inmates. When I asked how they got this duty one of them told me this is what a local judge sentences local animal abusers or killers to if you think what you did was so funny you can do it 8 hours a day for however long your sentence is usually a year. There was a roomful of empty bins there and the inmates told us by Friday every one would be filled with the bodies of unwanted animals.

  • J says:

    Are we still protesting the fish tossers? if so were is the schedule?

  • Alan says:

    This whole thing really surprises me ! I would think vets would try to stop this sort of thing not participate in it ! Damn !

  • Toni says:

    Rev Meg unless you pick up the body of your pet most vets sell the bodies to renderers. Some bodies have been found dumped in landfills the woods rivers. Others have ended up in pet food. The AVMA does not care about veterinary ethics. They care only about profits.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Wish I had been at the fish toss…I have a real smart mouth I use to great advantage in those situations. I would have stated loudly since this is what they do to the bodies of sea kittens I assume they have the same good fun with the bodies of their euthanized patients after the heartbroken familes leave.

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    Cornhole! Its good for your soul.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    More and more disturbing updates about the very sinister and not animal friendly AVMA.

  • Craigh says:

    Good Work peta! What kind of person would want to toss dead fish anyway?

  • Taylor says:

    The AVMA also SUPPORTS puppy mills dog fighting horse slaughter and any other kind of animal abuse you can think of. If someone makes money abusing animals the AVMA supports it. The AVMA is a business lobby. They don’t represent animal welfare animal health or anything else but MAKING AS MUCH MONEY FROM ANIMALS IN WHATEVER WAY POSSIBLE They represent the financial interests of animal profiteers.