World Oceans Day Plea: PETA India’s Sky-High Message Highlights How Eating Fish Kills Turtles

Posted on by Sudhakarrao Karnal

To mark World Oceans Day (8 June), PETA India has erected billboards in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam, Puducherry, Thiruvananthapuram, and Mangaluru that show a turtle ensnared in plastic netting as a reminder that killing fish also costs turtles their lives. Up to 1 million tonnes of fishing gear – which can take 600 years to degrade – enters the oceans every year, killing over 250,000 turtles who get caught in it.


Non-target animals killed by fishing gear, referred to as “bycatch” by the fishing industry, include 720,000 seabirds, 300,000 whales and dolphins, 345,000 seals and sea lions, and 100 million sharks and rays. PETA India notes that fishing is considered the biggest threat to marine wildlife.

More fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined. Fish feel pain as acutely as mammals do, have long-term memories, and sing underwater – yet they and other marine animals are impaled, crushed, suffocated, dropped into pots of boiling water, or cut open and gutted, all while they’re still conscious.

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