A stomach-turning video highlighting the gruesome way in which eggs are taken out of fish for caviar is making the rounds on the internet. As workers pull fistfuls of eggs from the insides of these sturgeons—the fish whose eggs are most commonly sold as caviar—it immediately becomes clear that there’s nothing luxurious about this vile food.
Decimated by fishing, depleted sturgeon populations in the Baltic and Caspian seas—the native waters of these sensitive, intelligent fish—have prompted caviar producers around the world to switch to industrialized aquaculture farms. These facilities, which are often filthy, keep sturgeons trapped inside enclosures in which they’ve no choice but to swim through their own waste and may suffer from rampant diseases. Female sturgeons—who feel pain and fear, as all animals do—are sometimes cut open while they’re still alive so that their eggs can be ripped from their ovaries.
But no matter how it’s obtained, caviar is always a product of cruelty and death.
Lost Your Appetite?
If you found this video hard to stomach, spare fish everywhere this suffering by refusing to eat their eggs and flesh. Swanky vegan Cavi-Art, made from seaweed, is more versatile in dishes than animal-derived caviar, with all the briny taste that enthusiasts expect. You can order it from the Plant Based Foods online store. And if you’re looking for great vegan fish recipes that you can make at home, we’ve got those, too.
Share this video with your friends, family, and social media followers who eat caviar or fish. Let them know that vegan foods are the only truly humane, sustainable options for diners of all palate preferences.