Pile of ‘Bloodied Fish’ From PETA Aims to Reel In Some New Vegans

For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Ahead of Fish Amnesty Day (Saturday), PETA supporters dressed as bloody fish will trap themselves in a net and lead an aquatic “die-in” on Thursday at Clematis Splash Park in the hope that everyone will recognize fish as sentient beings, not fillets, and go vegan.

fish protest close up

When:    Thursday, September 21, 12 noon

Where:    Clematis Splash Park, 100 Clematis St. (at the intersection with Narcissus Avenue), West Palm Beach

“Fish suffer when they’re impaled, crushed, suffocated, or cut open and gutted on the decks of boats,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to enjoy delicious fish-free fare and to let aquatic animals swim free.”

PETA introduced Fish Amnesty Day in 1997 to encourage kindness to fish, who scientists have confirmed feel pain as acutely as mammals do, have long-term memories, are able to recognize themselves in a mirror, and communicate with each other using squeaks, squeals, and other low-frequency sounds that humans can hear only with special instruments. Despite their unique abilities, more fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—offers a list of delicious vegan fish options, such as Gardein’s f’sh filets, Sophie’s Kitchen’s Fish Fillets, and Good Catch Plant-Based Crab Cakes, as well as a free vegan starter kit.

For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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