Nearly Naked ‘Mermaid’ to Stick Up for Fish in Montgomery

PETA Beauty Will Ask Diners at Wintzell’s Oyster House to Leave ‘the Other Meat’—Fish—off Their Plates and Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:
September 12, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382 

Montgomery, Ala. – Wearing little more than “fins,” a sexy PETA member will dress like a mermaid on Friday to give diners at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Montgomery some food for thought and encourage them to ditch fish and eat vegan. PETA’s “mermaid” will appear outside the restaurant holding a sign that reads, “Sea Life, Not Seafood.”

When:  Friday, September 13, 12 noon

Where: 105 Commerce St., Montgomery

“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 campaigner Amanda Slyter.

Scientific studies show that fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience pain and fear when they’re hooked or netted and pulled from the water.  Fish live in groups with social hierarchies, form bonds and cooperate with other fish, and have impressive memories. Some can even use tools and tell time. Dr. Donald Broom, a scientific adviser to the British government, has said, “The scientific literature is quite clear. Anatomically, physiologically and biologically, the pain system in fish is virtually the same as in birds and mammals.”

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