Cardiff ‘Catmonger’ Challenges Speciesism on World Vegan Day
Locals at Cardiff Market were predictably horrified at the sight of “whole boiled tabbies” and “fresh local Siamese” on trays of ice.
Consider this: if you wouldn’t eat a cat, you shouldn’t eat a fish. Held on World Vegan Day, PETA’s demonstration pushed locals to think twice before entering the fishmongers and opt for vegan instead.
The “sell-off” is part of PETA’s challenge to speciesism – the belief that the differences between humans and other animals warrant torturing, killing, and eating those other species.
Challenge Speciesism and ‘Sea’ Things Differently
Fish are as playful, inquisitive, and sensitive to pain as the cats we share our homes with, yet more fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined.
Fish share knowledge and have long memories as well as cultural traditions. Some woo potential partners by creating intricate works of art in the sand on the ocean floor. Yet they’re impaled, crushed, suffocated, or cut open and gutted by the billion – often while they’re completely conscious.
In addition, 38 million tonnes of other aquatic animals are unintentionally caught annually as the fishing industry aims to increase profits.
Try the World Vegan Month Challenge
Neither fur nor fins change an animal’s capacity to feel pain – we all bleed the same. By going vegan, you can spare the lives of nearly 200 animals (including aquatic ones) each year.
Vegan Fish Guides
The guides below contain recommendations for restaurants and products that’ll give you a taste of the sea without harming anyone in it: