PETA Members Will Urge Passers-By to Try to Relate to Who’s on Their Plate at Senado Square Tomorrow

Macau – Wearing little more than “fins”, a pair of activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia will dress as sexy mermaids tomorrow to encourage people not to eat fish. The lovely ladies will hold signs reading, “Fishing Hurts”:

Date:         Thursday, 15 September 2016

Time:        12 noon

Place:        In front of the fountain at Senado Square

“When it comes to feeling pain and having a will to live, fish are just like all other animals – including humans”, says PETA “mermaid” Ashley Fruno. “We’re urging everyone to take a compassionate stand every day by leaving fish and other animals off their plates.”

PETA hopes the “mermaids” will help people understand that fish are intelligent animals who experience fear and distress when they are hooked or netted and pulled from the water. Scientific studies confirm that fish are sensitive individuals who feel pain, just as dogs and cats do. An issue of the journal Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence proving that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures.

Not only do people who adopt a vegan diet help fish, they also protect other animals – including humans. On factory farms, animals used for food are routinely mutilated without being given any painkillers and are confined to filthy, extremely crowded spaces for their entire lives. At the abattoir, animals’ throats are often cut while they’re still conscious. Animal agriculture is also a leading contributor to environmental problems such as climate change, and eating animal-derived foods raises consumers’ risk of developing diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other conditions.

Fish flesh can accumulate high levels of toxins – including insecticides, dioxin, cadmium, mercury, lead, chromium, and arsenic – at levels 9 million times more toxic than the waters the fish live in.

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