This Weekend: Anti-Fishing Protests to Hit 38 Cities

In Recognition of World Day for the End of Fishing, PETA Asks Diners to Consider That Fish Are Sea Life, Not Seafood

For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – This weekend, in honor of World Day for the End of Fishing, PETA supporters in 38 North American cities—from Boston and Vancouver to Mexico City and Honolulu—will gather outside restaurants that still serve sea animals and cover themselves with fishing nets beneath a banner that demands, “End Fishing!” PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that the commercial fishing industry drags fish from their ocean homes in huge nets (along with many unintended victims, such as dolphins, turtles, seals, and others), causing them to die slowly of suffocation or being crushed to death. Those who survive are often still alive when their throats and abdomens are cut open.

“Fish feel pain and fear, just as dogs, cats, and humans do,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on people around the world to choose vegan meals and spare sensitive aquatic animals the agony of being impaled, crushed, cut open, and gutted.”

The full list of cities in which protests are planned appears below, and photos from the events will be available upon request. For more information, please visit

Asheville, N.C.


Berkeley, Calif.


Bronx, N.Y.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Calgary, Alta.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Concord, N.C.

Dartmouth, N.S.

Edmonton, Alta.

Euless, Texas

Fresno, Calif.


Los Angeles

Loxahatchee, Fla.

Madison, Wis.

Mexico City



Orlando, Fla.


Overland Park, Kan.


Pueblo, Colo.

Rialto, Calif.

Richardson, Texas

Richmond, Va.

San Diego

San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Sarasota, Fla.

Solvang, Calif.


Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver, Wash.

Windsor, Ont.

Winnipeg, Man.

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