08/17/06 Fish are not Swimming Vegetables
Entangled in fishing nets, Animal Friends warns about the suffering of aquatic creatures
As a logical sequel of the action against the lobster selling as well as other living animals in stores, Animal Friends' activists, entangled in fishing nets want to symbolically demonstrate the suffering of fish from suffocation after they are pulled from their natural habitats with fishing nets to their death, which may last for days and even weeks.
The event will take place on Thursday, August 17, 2006, in Gajeva ulica in front of the hotel Dubrovnik, where we will have our info stall.
Nobody acknowledges the agony of fish, those sensible animals are reduced to 'swimming vegetables' which's value is measured in tons. Their living habitats are mercilessly devastated, and the number of individually killed animals is beyond our comprehension.
Fish do suffer very much when they are caught and killed for their meat. No matter whether they are hooked or netted, fish feel fear just like we do. Regarding the ability to feel pain, fish are equal to dogs, cats, and all other animals.
Together with other accidental victims, including dolphins, birds and turtles, fish are caught and squeezed for hours with rocks, coral, and ocean debris in enormous bag-shaped nets (trawlers). When hauled out of the water, surviving fish undergo excruciating decompression. The intense internal pressure ruptures their swim bladders, pops out their eyes, and pushes their esophagi and stomachs out through their mouths. Then they are tossed onto deck where they are slowly suffocating or dying squeezed. Others are still alive when they are cut and butchered.
Fish on aqua-farms spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy enclosures, and many suffer from parasitic infections, diseases, and debilitating injuries. Aqua-farmers have even begun to feed fish with powerful chemicals and antibiotics in an effort to make them grow faster.
Eating fish is not healthy!
Around the world, fish are accumulating toxic mercury and heavy metals in their flesh as a result of industrial pollution. Several thousands of people die every year as a result of seafood poisoning. The World Health Organization has advised women of childbearing age and young children not to eat certain fish that are known to contain alarmingly high levels of mercury, which is proved to damage the developing brain of a fetus and also the brain functions of adults. By measuring the level of mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium in fish and other cetaceans in the Adriatic Sea, it is confirmed their significant pollution. Fish, as well as meat of other animals, contains cholesterol. Plant based sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are much healthier option.
Fishing devastates seas!
Croatia not only devastates the Adriatic Sea with trawlers, but also pollutes the environment with aqua-farms. Due to over-fishing, thousands of living organisms are exterminated. Commercial fishers have devastated the ocean’s ecosystem to the extent that today oceans and seas are ghostly nothingness, which barely remind on times when they were full of life.
We invite the citizens to stop eating the inhabitants of lakes, rivers, seas and oceans and to consider vegetarianism as a compassionate way of live towards all living creatures with whom we share this blue planet.