Hey, Diners: ‘I’m ME, Not MEAT,’ Fish Proclaims on New PETA Billboards

Ads Urge Diners to See All Animals as Individuals and Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2017

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Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Cincinnati – As part of a new ad campaign in cities with high concentrations of Long John Silver’s and Captain D’s eateries, PETA has placed two billboards in Cincinnati featuring a fish proclaiming, “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.”

The billboards are located at 2951 Beekman St. and 5981 Harrison Ave.

“Just like humans, fish feel pain and fear, have unique personalities, and value their own lives,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s billboards are reminders that we can spare these sensitive aquatic animals the agony of being suffocated, impaled, crushed, and cut open—simply by choosing vegan meals.”

More fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined, yet they have no legal protection from abuse. On cramped, filthy fish farms, they suffer from parasitic infections, diseases, and debilitating injuries. Fish who are dragged out of oceans in huge nets (along with unintended victims, such as dolphins, turtles, seals, and other sea animals) slowly suffocate or are crushed to death. The fish who survive that process are often still alive when their throats and stomachs are cut open.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—has also placed the ad in Dayton, Ohio, and is planning to run it in other cities, including Columbus, Georgia.

PETA offers a free vegan starter kit (available here) full of recipes, tips, and more. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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