For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2021
Tapi Mbundure 202-483-7382
Long Island, N.Y. – PETA will kick off Independence Day celebrations early on Friday by flying a banner over the south shore that proclaims, “Have a Fish-Free 4th. America, Go Vegan!”
When: Friday, July 2, 2:15–5:15 p.m.
Where: The plane will fly two times above the beaches on the south shore, from Smith Point to Breezy Point, of Long Island.
“Behind every fish fillet was an individual who valued their freedom just as much as you or I do,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “We may be fighting against the tide, but PETA knows at least some people will catch the message and deem the seafood buffet the one that got away.”
Fish are known to feel pain as acutely as mammals do, have long-term memories, and sing underwater. But those killed for food are impaled, crushed, suffocated, or cut open and gutted, all while conscious. Each person who goes vegan saves nearly 200 animals every year and reduces their risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and obesity.
PETA offers numerous vegan Fourth of July recipes on its website, along with a guide to the many faux-fish options now available, including Gardein’s Golden Fishless Filets, Good Catch’s plant-based seafood, New Wave Foods’ new plant-based shrimp, and Sophie’s Kitchen’s Vegan Crab Cakes.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.