‘Mermaid’ Shows Her Love For Fish Ahead Of World Ocean Day

For Immediate Release:

6 June 2018

Contact:

Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]

Nirali Gada; [email protected]

PETA India’s World Ocean Day Display Will Ask Goa Residents to Make Fish Their Friends, Not Food, by Going Vegan

Panaji – In advance of World Ocean Day on 8 June, a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporter will pose as a mermaid, relaxing on a rock in Panaji on Thursday to urge passers-by to consider fish friends and to eat vegan.

Where: On the public pavement at Panaji Market, near the INOX cinema, Davanand Bandodkar Marg, Panaji, Goa

When: Thursday, 7 June, 12 noon sharp

“Fish are playful, intelligent individuals who have the capacity to feel pain and who don’t want to die any more than you or I do,” says PETA India’s Radhika Suryavanshi. “If you love animals, the best thing you can do is not eat them.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that scientific studies confirm what marine biologists have been saying for years: fish feel pain, just as all other animals do. An issue of the US publication Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence showing that they have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures. However, those used for food are impaled, crushed, suffocated, or gutted – often while they’re still conscious. Dolphins, turtles, and other “non-target” animals are often caught in fishing nets, and when the injured animals are thrown back into the water, they may fall victim to swarming birds or slowly bleed to death.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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