Sexy PETA ‘Mermaids’ Urged Anglers To Get Hooked On Compassion

For Immediate Release:
August 5 2010

Alice Barnett on +44 (0) 7357 9229, ext229, [email protected]

Wearing little more than “fish tails” and shimmering bodypaint, topless PETA “mermaids” today held signs reading, “Fishing Hurts”, as part of a protest at Old Market Square during National Fishing Month. The three lovely mermaids wanted to let the public know that studies show that fish feel pain just as all animals do.
“Although fish may not be as cute and cuddly as puppies or kittens, hooking them through their sensitive mouths or lips, and hoisting them into an environment in which they cannot breathe is just as painful to these animals as it would be to a dog or cat,” says PETA’s special projects coordinator, Abi Izzard.
A review of more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence demonstrates that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures. University of Edinburgh biologist Culum Brown said, “In many areas, such as memory , [fish’s] cognitive powers match or exceed those of ‘higher’ vertebrates, including non-human primates.”

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