PETA to Cobham Garden Centre: Faux Fish or No Fish

For Immediate Release:

11 September 2017


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Group Recommends That Squire’s Café Switch to Tasty Vegan Fish Alternatives

Cobham, Surrey – This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fired off a letter to the group catering manager of Squire’s Garden Centres, Mark Hardy, proposing that since the Cobham branch will be emptying its tanks of fish, it empty its café of them, too. In the letter, PETA also urges the company to remove fish from the menus of all its centres – including Twickenham and West Horsley, which still have aquatic departments.

“Experts agree that fish are sensitive, intelligent animals who feel pain and have complex social structures,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “With so many delicious faux-fish dishes readily available, Squire’s can offer visitors a tasty meal without killing animals.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that biologists have found that fish are capable of using tools and that some even gather information by eavesdropping. They develop relationships, grieve when their companions die, and are so good-natured that Dr Sylvia Earle, one of the world’s leading marine biologists, has said, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel.”

In addition to sparing fish the immense pain of being impaled, netted, and gutted, choosing plant-based meals also lowers our carbon footprint and risk of developing cancer.

PETA’s letter to Squire’s Garden Centres is available here.

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