For Immediate Release:
25 September 2017
Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
PETA India’s Provocative World Vegetarian Day Display Will Give People Food for Thought About Eating Aquatic Animals
Kolkata – In advance of World Vegetarian Day on 1 October, three People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporters will pose as netted dead fish in Kolkata on Tuesday to draw attention to the plight of aquatic animals in India’s fishing industry and to urge passers-by disturbed by what they see to go vegan.
Where: At the Victoria Memorial Hall Gate, near PG hospital next to Rabindra Sadan, beside Exide bridge, Kolkata
When: Tuesday, 26 September, 12 noon sharp
“Fish are playful, intelligent individuals with complex emotions and strong social connections,” says PETA India’s Ayushi Sharma. “PETA India is challenging people to consider that the fish on their plate is the corpse of an abused animal who didn’t want to die.”
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 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, fish used for food are impaled, crushed, suffocated, or gutted – often while they’re still conscious. Dolphins, turtles, and other “non-target” animals get caught in fishing nets, and their injured bodies are thrown back into the water, where they may fall victim to swarming birds or slowly bleed to death.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.