Something Fishy Going On in Seattle

Published by PETA.

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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