PETA Protesters in Toronto Urge, ‘Keep Hookers Out of the Community Centre!’

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

In Toronto, PETA supporters holding signs that read, “Keep Hookers Out of the Community Centre!” protested the annual “Gone Fishin’” event held at the Scadding Court Community Center. An animal advocate also attended Councilor Joe Cressy’s meet-and-greet at the center to ask for his help in ending the event.

Louise Jorgensen

Fishing isn’t fun for fish, whether it’s done in a swimming pool or the open ocean. PETA is urging the organizers of this cruel event to stop passing off a blood sport as family-friendly entertainment.

Julie O'Neill Photography

When hauled up from the water by their sensitive mouths, fish experience the agony of being crushed to death and that their eyeballs bulge out of their heads from the pressure of sudden surfacing. Others are impaled or hooked and then gutted alive.

Agnes Cseke

PETA previously donated $2,000 worth of toy fish, as well as Gardein Fishless Filets and vegan tartar sauce, to the organizers in efforts to persuade them to curb the use of real fish in the event.

What You Can Do

You don’t have to attend a protest to speak up for animals. Help save lobsters, crabs, and other sea animals killed for food by pledging to start a seafood-free diet. We’ll send you an e-mail with our favorite faux-fish products, our best vegan recipes for seafood lovers, and more tips and information on how to adopt a healthy and humane lobster-, crab-, and fish-free diet! Click the button below to urge the event’s organizers to stop tormenting fish.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind