What They Do to Prawns Is More Disgusting Than You Could Ever Have Imagined

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A disgusting video has been released showing live prawns being injected with jelly to make them look more appetising in the supermarket.

The tiny animals are still alive when a thickening substance is injected into their heads and tails in order to give them a plumped-up appearance and increase their weight when they’re sold.

The footage comes from Vietnam – one of the world’s largest exporters of prawns, shipping hundreds of tonnes to the UK every year. Globally, it’s estimated that 99 per cent of prawns come from developing countries, where there are often few laws to protect animals, workers, and consumers.

This is just one more reason not to eat seafood. The prawn industry also causes massive damage to the environment, both because of destructive fishing practices that ruin the ecosystem of the oceans and because of the chemicals and waste products released into waterways by factory farms. As if that weren’t bad enough, shrimp processing has also been linked to human trafficking and slave labour.

Of course, choosing vegan alternatives to shrimp and other seafood is the right thing to do for animals, too!

If you’re craving a “fishy” snack, check out some of these great faux-fish products available in the UK!


  • Emma commented on October 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Please stop this suffering imagine having a needle half your body size injected into you how painful that must be all creatures big and small feel pain

    • Janice Robertson commented on October 24, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      I have not eaten prawns since seeing a video of how they are bred in Indonesia – in small backwaters where the water is grey-black and full of raw sewage. But I am looking forward to trying meat-free prawns and meat-free fish fingers.

    • Marjorie Coey commented on October 25, 2016 at 1:30 am

      I don’t eat anything coming from these countries…we are bad enough with ripping crustaceans apart to freeze them, etc.

      I saw the poor turtles in the tanks in asia…yuk.

    • Phil Martin commented on October 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      No need or excuse for this just greed again how much is enough!

  • Natasha Woolley commented on October 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I only find food appetising when it’s not tampered with, I won’t be buying prawns again.

  • Diana commented on October 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Is there ANY food that isn’t tampered with in our shops?

  • Creola Masiero commented on October 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Stop we are civilized

  • Gordon MacMillan commented on October 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

    We simply wouldn’t be human beings without inflicting pain torture and death upon living things and that’s before the greed aspect.

    It’s what we’re best at.

    The sooner mankind is wiped out hopefully by chemical warfare ( which doesn’t affect the animal kingdom ) the better it will be for every other species on the planet.

    • Lesley Robinson commented on October 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Well said! I wholeheartedly agree.

      • Martin Damms commented on October 28, 2016 at 3:03 pm

        I agree. We Cull any other species on this planet that puts a strain on the environment ( caused by us). The biggest impact on this planet is us & we need to control our poulation.

      • Jay commented on November 7, 2016 at 2:12 pm

        Agree agree agree. I wish for the day where animals can turn on the human race and treat us the same we treat them! I am more than sickened by the way humans treat animals like they are nothing!

    • abbylee commented on November 8, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      That was so well said I am so glad that I am not the only one who thinks like this! There is no standard any more and kindness and empathy for animals and each other are just some words found in the dictionary. SHAME,SHAME,SHAME

    • Tery commented on November 18, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      I absolutely agree with you. This vile cruel world is barbaric, people actually enjoy inflicting the worst torture on animals they can think of.. Please let the same be waiting for them..

  • David commented on October 22, 2016 at 11:47 am

    A lot of food is tampered with to increase profit, within the limits of what ever regs are in place. That’s the beauty of the Supermarket society we live in! And now they are lowering standards on organic
    produce so they can cash in and wipe out the smaller producers who are doing it for the right reasons. OMG where will it all end?!

  • Ettiene Erasmus commented on October 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    You guys must go to some farms where prawns are bred for the super high end market. I’ve seen on these farms that the large female prawns have an eye cut off, this causes the animals to go into shock and they start to produce eggs.

    • Pete commented on October 25, 2016 at 11:17 am

      I watched that Food Unwrapped TV show too.

  • Cheryl SImpkiss commented on October 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Lets get to the route of the problem here & raise awareness what is happening with Prawns purchased from Vietnam being sold to Supermarkets in UK.

    I enjoy Sea food & lucky enough to buy local caught fish & prawns in Wales!

  • Izumi commented on October 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Please be a real human who can feel the pain of all others. Those who forgot to use the 5 senses should wake up to open their heart.

  • Polly commented on October 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    How rank is it that they even think of doing that to a living sentient creature, if everyone knew the truth about the farming and fishing industry and they’d all be vegan!

    • Pete commented on October 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

      No they wouldn’t. A friend of mine knows full well about the amount of rubbish that is pumped into and over our food, and more importantly, about the pain and suffering that the animals go through, but simple doesn’t care. He says himself that he knows that makes him “a monster” but he doesn’t care.

      People seem to have this airy-fairy idea that the human race is some naturally compassionate, kind and good species, and the reality is the opposite. We are greedy, selfish, inherently bad, and a virus on this planet. Put two people against each other in a life or death survival position and you will see exactly what we are capable of.

      • Natasha commented on October 30, 2016 at 7:48 am

        You are quite right Pete. The human race is not naturally compassionate and we all need to learn how to love. At any one time I understand that there are 90 wars going on in our beautiful world, and I believe the most important one is between those who love and care about animals and those who are totally indifferent! There needs to be a huge change in the hearts and mimes of so many people. The question is : how to achieve this??

  • pete commented on October 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Grow as much of your own food as possible, its one of the most radical things you can do..dont buy from corporates

  • Marjorie Baker commented on October 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing this news – horrible as it is – because I haven’t bought or eaten prawns for many years, and will certainly never do so again. Or shrimp. I will also inform anyone else who will listen – people just don’t know about the terrible things which go on, like this.

  • Lee duff commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I won’t be eating sea food from now on.

  • Paul London commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Disgracefull, the human race seems to have more disregard by the week for living animals, what the hell is wrong with people?? All living creatures feel pain and stress. Are we now so obsessed with profit that anything is now allowed.
    One thing I have learnt from life is that what goes around comes around! I hope these people like needles

  • Monica Amati commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    This is disgusting and totally unecessary..stop it

  • Melanie Appleby commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Go vegan all day long you won’t have that guilty feeling when eating ,vegan foods it’s better for you and the planet at least no poor animal suffered in life or death #noanimalskilledinvegan

  • Zoli commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Watching this I feel ashamed of being human.

  • Patricia Garley commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    So horrific all in the name of GREED

  • Renata commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I became vegetarian in 1984 and vegan in 1999: the best decisions of my life. I only regret that because doctors advised me wrongly I hesitated before becoming vegan (and I had almost no information at all, in those years, where I lived).
    When humans interact with animals you are likely to see sooner or later monstrosities. (and sooner more than later).

  • Karen packmsn commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Why is most of the cruellest things happening to animals in Asia? I know animal abuse goes on all over the world but it seems that we are always hearing terrible things from that part of the world. Anyone with a brain knows animals birds fish of any kind should not be treated this way. Animals feel pain just as we do please stop hurting them. Injecting shrimps to make them more attractive is ludicrous. Everything tested or done yo animals should be done to humans, we would soon stop being so cruel then!

    • Pete commented on October 25, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Because it’s “over there”, easy to stoke up the casual racism you’ve just displayed. If you think about it, why would the media, who are controlled by the governments of that country to varying degrees, highlight the issues of animal cruelty in their own food production? Let’s take the USA as an example; they care about their economy. If the US media starts showing the US public about the cruelty that US food producers inflict on animals, then that public will stop “buying American”. Whereas, if its highlighted that its all happening in these poor little countries over there, then the buying public are more likely to buy food produced in the US, because we wouldn’t possibly be as barbaric as they are “over there”, we’re much more civilized, right? Thereby increasing production of US food, boosting the economy, and giving ourselves the illusion that we are better than other people.

      Open your eyes and do some proper research, and look into the practices in your country, you will find just as much disgusting, cruelty right around your own corner. And can the casual racism.

      • Phil Martin commented on October 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        I did not see racism another obsession. Just a comment, it is all over the world animal cruelty and human cruelty the world will die if we do not have respect for the environment all living creatures plants and each other.

  • Ryan commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Ultimate fault lies with food standard agencies for allowing this practice and its import, supermarket buyers, they should know better, and finally us as consumers who should know more about what we eat. But for many supermarket shoppers they sadly know the cost of everything and the value of nothing……..We should try and use our trade to foster good and sustainable business for the people and their environment in these developing countries and an outright boycott, as much I would agree, would serve neither…..I remember years ago seeing black lines of poo in prawns sold in shops…..these days are gone, I had wondered why….had something starved to death so I may not be offended….and now I have my answer, it is worse for the little critters than I could of possibly imagined…..To be honest I have avoided them wherever possible because I fear for Ocean life and the way it is treated……Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention and good luck in your campaign!

  • Sandra Colwell commented on October 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    No more prawns for me.

  • David Conlin commented on October 22, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve told friends time and again about the barbaric methods used in Thailand for shrimp and prawn farming, and my wife no longer buys from that source, purchasing Dublin bay prawns instead. The problem is that so few take notice. I’ll try this article to prove it instead.

  • Carol Benson commented on October 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I will never eat a prawn again the cruel heinous human beings

  • John Riggins commented on October 22, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    No more Prawns for me!

  • Tony Day commented on October 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    For the past ‘n’ number of years, greed and evil have become the ‘norm’ for so much of the human race and I can only see it getting much, much worse. For goodness sake why can we not just leave animals alone.

  • Fiona Bothwell commented on October 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    That is cruel and disgusting.

  • Girl Wonder commented on October 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    ACTION is definitely required to stop bad practice and tampering with food pf all kinds, but especially animals and even more so with live animals, for profit or gain.
    I do not think going vegan is an option. If other meat-eating life forms can be convinced not to eat meat. then I will consider it as an option. God gave me a digestive system which provides for eating both meat and vegetation. I will always believe that God knows best.
    If anyone wishes to reply to comment, please do not bother yourselves. I will not be reading it.

  • Cathy Baldwin commented on October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    How disgusting how much lower can the human race go .NO more prawns for my family

  • Aida Marina commented on October 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm


    It appears that NO “food” is “tamper-free”. As long as the money-mongers continue to “grab” as much money as they can for EVERY single cell of a living animal, they won’t try to “improve” it or make it appear much more “appealing” or bigger.

    Apparently these money-mongers are either unaware there is an obesity problem planet-wide, or they are simply apathetic to everything and everyone, excluding the gold that goes into their pockets.

  • Kezia molloy commented on October 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Why? Why is this necessary. What is wrong with people?

  • Josephine Ansaldo-Nixon commented on October 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Sick and disgusting; poor little things. I too will no longer eat prawns.

  • ALISON WHITELAW commented on October 22, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    this is totally barbaric, and should be ended ASAP.

  • Lynda Stalker commented on October 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Wicked. Evil. Barbaric. That is mild because this practice is far worse than that. There is no words. It is just heartbreaking. I don’t know how these people involved can sleep at night.

  • Linda commented on October 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Think maybe I will give prawns a miss too

  • Angela Douglas commented on October 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    It’s cruel & completely wrong the lengths some countries will go to for gain & profit. Every animal no matter how big or small should be treated as humanely as we would wish to treated ourselves. All cruelty must be stopped for the good of mankind & our planet.

  • Kristina Bedic commented on October 23, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I wish humans would stop making other species suffer.

  • Mike L commented on October 23, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I purchase my prawns directly from the owner of the boat. They’ve touched nothing but ocean water, nets, boiling water, and finally, a cardboard box before going into the freezer.

  • Leila Tandy commented on October 23, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I wont be eating prawns any more, more pain and suffering.

  • Patricia galliver commented on October 23, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I would like to know the supermarkets who buy these prawns – apart from naming and shaming I will not be buying prawns again. I only buy cold water prawns and hope they are unaffected.

  • Lilian Fielden commented on October 23, 2016 at 10:56 am

    China implicated yet again – honestly I am so sick and tired of always reading that China is the instigator of cruelty to everything on our planet!!!!

  • patricia commented on October 23, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I would like to know the supermarkets who buy these prawns – apart from naming and shaming I will not be buying prawns again. I only buy cold water prawns and hope they are unaffected.

  • Paige commented on October 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I have never eaten a prawn in my life. This is disgusting, why can’t human beings treat all life with respect?
    It seems there’s little hope left for our beautiful planet, when I look at how things are ‘progressing’
    Too many cruel and greedy humans.

  • Sandra Burton commented on October 23, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    How low can we stoop in the cruelty & exploitation of animals. I am not surprised. The Vietnamese & other Far East countries have never cared how badly they treat animals, fish etc or how much they pollute the land & seas & God gave man dominion over all that to do with as he wished!!

  • Silvana commented on October 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I stopped eating prawns when a TV programme pointed out that a prawns eye was cut off to stimulate reproduction. Prawns feel pain and the sight of those miserable depressed prawns has put me off eating them for life.

  • sarah st.john commented on October 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    This is unethical and must be outlawed.

  • Jakki Hall commented on October 23, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I will never eat prawns/shrimp again! Disgusting!!

  • Mr E commented on October 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

    PETA is always ruining my appetite 🙁

  • Mary Finelli commented on October 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Vegan versions of virtually every type of seafood imaginable, including recipes, products, and other resources, are at: http://fishfeel.org/seafood/

    They’re better for us, for the other animals, and for the environment. Also, they’re delicious!

  • Janie commented on November 14, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Prawns/shrimps etc are something I have never eaten in my life ++ Just not my thing ++ But why they are doing this painful and disgusting thing to them whilst they are alive, I cannot understand ++ Maybe their whole intention is just to cause torture and pain where ever possible.

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