Irish Aquaria Asked To Drop Fish From Menu

For Immediate Release:

5 March 2015


Hannah Levitt +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; [email protected]


Serving Fish at Aquaria Is Like Serving Monkey Nuggets at Zoos, Say PETA

Ireland – This morning, PETA fired off letters to Galway Atlantaquaria and Dingle Oceanworld calling on policy-makers to stop serving dead fish at in-house restaurants – a practice that contradicts the aquaria’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 facilities that are 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 letters to Galway Atlantaquaria and Dingle Oceanworld are available here and here.

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