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Casualty Rate Exceeds 90 Percent After Fish Are Poisoned or Netted
For Immediate Release:June 14, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Honolulu — As PETCO prepares to open a new store this
weekend in Honolulu, PETA has posted an action
alert on its popular website urging visitors to call on the company's CEO,
James Myers, to stop PETCO's sale of wild-caught marine and other animals.
PETCO sells 439 species of saltwater animals, almost all of whom were taken
from their wild habitats, including many from Hawaiian waters. For each animal
who survives long enough to be sold, nine animals die before ever
reaching the store. PETA members will join with Honolulu-based Rescue Reef
Alliance for a protest outside the grand opening of the new PETCO store at the
Koko Marina Shopping Center in Honolulu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday,
"PETCO's trade in wild-caught animals means mass
suffering and death," says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. "Like
other animals sold by PETCO, fish—who experience fear and pain just as all
animals do—should be allowed to live free in their natural habitat, not used as
decorations and sentenced to life without parole inside a tank."
The captive-fish industry is responsible for the annual
capture of more than 20 million fish, 12 million corals, and millions of other
types of marine life. At least 95 percent of the gentle saltwater fish sold in
pet shops have been cruelly captured from their natural homes in the wild,
where trappers douse coral reefs with cyanide to stun the fish for easy
capture. Half of the affected fish die painfully on the reef, and 40 percent of
survivors die before they reach an aquarium. The poison also kills the reefs
themselves as well as countless other animals who depend on the reefs.
In places where trappers don't use cyanide, such as in the
waters of Hawaii, nets are used to capture the animals. Nearly 67 percent of
animals caught with nets die from the stress or from starvation or from
injuries, such as barotrauma, which occurs when animals are forced to surface
too quickly; organ puncturing, which is done to eliminate the visible effects
of barotraumas; and fin clipping, which is done to facilitate shipping the fish
in plastic bags.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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