If You Wouldn’t Eat Monkey Nuggets at a Zoo …

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Respecting an animal and serving up his or her dead body on a plate are two very different things.

That’s why we’ve just written to aquaria across the country – including Anglesey Sea Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire, Oceanarium in Bournemouth, Bristol Aquarium, Deep Sea World in Fife, Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and The Deep in Hull – to ask that they remove fish from the menu at their in-house restaurants, as serving them contradicts these institutions’ invitation to the public to appreciate the wonder of living fish.

Anyone who genuinely cares about fish would want to spare these animals the painful, lingering deaths inflicted on them by the fishing industry. Fish, although just as sensitive to pain as other animals, are denied even the basic rights of protection afforded to land animals who are raised for food and may die slowly from asphyxiation on the decks of fishing boats, have their bellies sliced open while they’re still alive or struggle for hours when they’re snagged on longline hooks.

Cod in bucket

Here’s an extract from the letter that we sent to the aquaria:


[A]fter inviting people to look on these glorious, fascinating animals in awe, it’s odd that your café then invites people to stick a fork in them. Serving fish in an aquarium is like serving monkey nuggets at a zoo.

Talk of sustainability and ingredients that are “sourced ethically” fails to consider the implications for individual fish, but the fact remains that the seafood in your café is made from living sea animals who treasured life and were needlessly subjected to pain and fear.

And human consumption of sea animals is the very cause of the catastrophic destruction of life in the Earth’s oceans. Fish farms introduce non-native animals into sensitive ecosystems, and commercial fishing ships “clear-cut” the ocean floor and inadvertently maim and kill billions of non-target marine animals, including porpoises and sea lions. By encouraging people to eat sea animals, you perpetuate the problem.

Although fish may not always express suffering in ways that humans can easily recognise, experts around the world agree that fish are sensitive, interesting animals who feel pain and have complex social structures. In fact, a 2014 study from the University of Cambridge showed that fish have good memories, work collaboratively to achieve goals and have cognitive abilities that can actually surpass those of dogs and some primates. Leading marine biologist Dr Sylvia Earle said, “You know, fish are sensitive, they have personalities, they hurt when they’re wounded”.


What You Can Do Our letter to aquaria has already made headlines in newspapers across the country. Please add to the pressure by contacting any aquaria near you and politely asking that they show respect for sea life by keeping fish off the menu.

  Of course, you can also help fish every day by refusing to eat them. Instead, check out some of the available cruelty-free “seafood”, such as fish-free fish fingers, faux-fish cakes and even vegan prawns. These options are delicious, environmentally friendly and free of the toxins and cholesterol found in fish flesh, and – most importantly – no one has to die for them!


  • Ileana Rincón commented on February 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Can you eliminate the fish nuggets in your menu? That’s ironic.

    • thomas moore commented on March 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm


  • Karolina Pineda commented on February 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Please respect fish take them off your menu is really sad people don’t respect living creatures we are all here to live free and in peace stop this cruelty.

  • Karolina Pineda commented on February 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Please all living creature deserves respect we are all part of this world respect.

  • Nikki Bethell commented on February 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Please Stop This

  • Alex Mankowitz commented on February 13, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    This campaign recalls the fatuous logic of Kafka who, having become vegetarian, gazes at a fish in an aquarium and says, “I can look you in peace now that I no longer eat you.”

    What nonsense. Peta (and Kafka) should know that the prison of the aquarium and the noose of the drift net are but two branches of the same poisonous tree.

    Fish don’t belong in an aquarium any more than they belong on a plate. By lambasting the latter, you’re implying that the former is right. It’s not.

    Abolish and reject all animal use. Go vegan.

  • Lien van der Horst commented on February 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    please stop this cruelty!

  • Tulin commented on February 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    So sad poor fish wish all this cruelty would stop.i would not eat it.hope it ends but how.

  • Sabina White commented on February 13, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    This is cruel please stop.

  • Avijit commented on February 14, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Stop serving fish in aquariums

  • amit bhatia commented on February 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Humble request,please stop serving animal as a food on plate, respect them, it would be very kind of you all.
    Thank you

  • Clara Salina commented on February 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Not because they don’t make any sound are things

  • John Hancock commented on February 18, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Vegetarian, an old Indian word for bad hunter! Get a grip!

  • kay commented on February 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm


  • Susan commented on February 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    No animal of land or sea should suffer torture, pain and suffering for any human being. We have so much to learn from them and we are ignorant to their superiority to us. We cannot fly breath under water grow new limbs or survive the harshest of winter yet humans abuse torture murder and destroy these beautiful creatures.
    When we have finally destroyed the earth for ourselves God will leave the animals of land and sea to inherit what’s left and they will survive and flourish.
    Shame on all those involved in animal abuse and shame on the governments for allowing the cruelty to go on.
    There is nothing nicer than to eat a meal that has not had a face or a heartbeat, that has not suffered such horrific treatment throughout its life just to fill my belly!
    There is so much choice now for alternative meat dishes and you find most meat eaters will clear the plates of veggie food first before starting on the meat dishes. Try it next time you have a dinner doo or a BBQ! Watch what goes first!
    Think before you eat that meat… Did it suffer, did it have a good life, did you give thanks for the ultimate sacrifice it made for you!

  • Paul Jenkins commented on March 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Completely senseless.

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