Hooked ‘Mermaid’ to Dangle Near Seafood Summit to Protest Cruel Fishing Industry

Graphic PETA Protest Will Remind People That Fish Feel Pain, Just as Humans Do

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2017

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

SeattleWhat:    Wearing little more than bodypaint and hanging several feet above the sidewalk from hooks pierced through her back, a PETA “mermaid” will greet attendees of SeaWeb’s Seafood Summit near The Westin Seattle hotel on Monday with a sign reading, “Fishing Hurts. Go Vegan.” PETA supporters will pass out leaflets, and an additional banner will proclaim, “Sea Life, Not Seafood.”

When:    Monday, June 5, 12 noon

Where:    The intersection of Westlake Avenue and Stewart Street (outside The Westin Seattle), Seattle

“Fish are sensitive, intelligent animals with their own unique personalities, and they suffer enormously when they’re dragged from the sea in nets or impaled on hooks,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to help scale back cruelty by choosing humane vegan options like Gardein’s Fishless Filets.”

Studies have shown that fish not only feel pain but also learn tasks, have long-term memories, use tools, and show affection. When they’re hauled up from the ocean depths, they endure the excruciating pain of decompression, and the pressure often damages their internal organs. Eating fish is also harmful to humans—fish flesh contains massive amounts of toxins like methylmercury and PCBs, which can cause cancer, brain damage, and birth defects.

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