Nearly Naked ‘Mermaid’ To Confront Pro-Fishing Group

PETA Beauty Will Let Conference Attendees Know That Fish Are Intelligent, Sensitive Animals Who Deserve Respect, Not Pain and Suffering

For Immediate Release:
September 9, 2013

Allison Lakomski  202-483-7382

Little Rock, Ark. —  Wearing little more than “fins,” a sexy PETA member dressed as a mermaid and holding a sign that reads, “Sea Life, Not Seafood,” will greet attendees of the pro-fishing American Fisheries Society meeting in Little Rock on Tuesday. The sexy siren’s point? That scientific studies show that fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience pain and fear when they are hooked or netted and pulled from the water. A recent issue of the journal Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence that prove that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures.

When:   Tuesday, September 10, 11 a.m.

Where:  3 Statehouse Plz. (at the intersection with S. Louisiana Street), Little Rock 

“Fish might not be cute and cuddly, but when it comes to feeling pain and having a will to live, they’re just like all other animals,” says PETA Campaign Manager Katie Arth.

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