Bournemouth Oceanarium Asked To Drop Fish From The Menu
For Immediate Release:
10 February 2015
Hannah Levitt +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; [email protected]
BOURNEMOUTH OCEANARIUM ASKED TO DROP FISH FROM MENU
Serving Fish at Aquaria Is Like Serving Monkey Nuggets at Zoos, Say PETA
Bournemouth – This morning, PETA fired off a letter to Bournemouth Oceanarium calling on policy-makers to stop serving dead fish at in-house restaurants – a practice that contradicts the aquarium’s invitation to the public to appreciate the wonder of living fish.
“Experts agree that fish are sensitive, interesting animals who feel pain and have complex social structures. No one – particularly a facility that is supposed to promote respect for sea life – needs to put them on the menu”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “The rise of so many delicious, readily available faux-fish dishes means visitors can enjoy a tasty meal without slaughtering animals.”
Biologists have found that fish develop relationships with each other and grieve when their companions die. Some fish are capable of using tools, while others gather information by eavesdropping. These intelligent, sensitive animals are so good-natured that Dr Sylvia Earle, the world’s leading marine biologist, has said, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel”. PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”, encourage all caring people to choose tasty vegan options.
PETA’s letter to Bournemouth Oceanarium is available here.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.