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Renee Olstead Appears in New peta2 Ad Promoting Empathy for Fish
For Immediate Release:March 11, 2013
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- Hugging peta2 mascot Tiffany Tuna next to the
caption "Fish Are Friends, Not Food," singer and star of The
Secret Life of the American Teenager Renee Olstead is featured in a
brand-new ad for peta2, PETA's youth division. The ad
goes on to say, "Stand up for all animals and go vegan today."
Her point? That even many people who have reservations about eating land
animals often swallow the myth that fish don't feel pain or possess
intelligence, when nothing could be further from the truth.
Olstead—a big peta2 fan who stopped eating meat at age 12
and went vegan a year ago—also sat down for an exclusive peta2 interview and
talked about why she won't eat fish.
"I'm often asked, 'Do you want to get sushi?' … Fish
aren't vegetables," says Olstead, who points out that delicious vegan
options are available nearly everywhere these days. "Fish that are killed
for food die the same way any other animal would for food, so there really is
no difference between a cow or a fish or a chicken—it's all suffering. And why
would you want to eat suffering?"
The experts back Olstead up. Scientific studies show that
fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience pain and fear when they
are hooked or netted and pulled from the water. The scientific journal Fish
and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence that
prove that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term
memories and sophisticated social structures. Fish have even been observed
talking to each other in low-frequency sounds that humans can hear only with
the aid of special instruments.
Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, Megan Park,
Christian Serratos, Angela Simmons, and Kellan Lutz are
just a few of the other celebrities who have teamed up with peta2 to fight
For more information, please visit peta2.com or click here.
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