PETA to Host a Father’s Day Fishing Event?

For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2021

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Baltimore – Tomorrow, PETA supporters will join Baltimorean David Bucklin and his daughter Evelyn at Canton Waterfront Park—a popular fishing spot—to celebrate Father’s Day with an afternoon of “trash fishing,” or clearing everything from tires and tin cans to fishing tackle from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants in the cleanup will receive a pack of Swedish Fish gummy fish—a sweet vegan treat and a reminder that the only “fish” humans should be eating are faux ones.

Where:     3001 Boston St. (at the intersection with S. Clinton Street), Baltimore

When:     Saturday, June 19, 12 noon

“Discarded tackle is a leading cause of pollution, proving that fishing doesn’t just hurt fish—it also trashes the planet,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is teaming up with a compassionate father-daughter duo to tackle trash and make waters safer for wildlife on Father’s Day and every day.”

The actual practice of fishing—hooking gentle animals through their sensitive mouths, watching them slowly suffocate, and sometimes even gutting them while they’re still alive—is abysmally cruel to the intended targets. And every year, anglers leave behind a trail of other victims, including millions of animals who sustain debilitating injuries after swallowing fishhooks or becoming entangled in fishing line. Some 640,000 tons of fishing “ghost gear” enter the world’s oceans every year.

Aquatic animals feel pain as acutely as mammals do, and PETA urges everyone to try the delicious faux-fish options available today, such as Gardein’s Golden Fishless Filets, Fish-Free Tuna from Good Catch, 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.

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