For Immediate Release:
19 November 2018
In Honour of World Toilet Day, PETA India’s Special Toilet Paper Alerts People That Human Waste Is on the Menu at Kolkata Fish Farms
Kolkata – Just in time for World Toilet Day (19 November), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporters will be stocking bathrooms in restaurants and other public facilities in Kolkata with rolls of toilet paper printed with the message “Fish farms keep fish in such poor conditions that parasites, diseases, and injuries are common. Many farms also feed fish human waste, making eating fish an especially crappy thing to do. Wipe cruelty from your diet. Go vegan.” Those wishing to take part in the campaign can also order the printed toilet paper from PETA India, as stated in this blog.
“The public has a right to know that the fish they consume may have been fed human excrement, and this cheeky toilet paper will help them learn the truth,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “PETA India is encouraging anyone disgusted at the thought of filthy fish farms to keep all sensitive animals off their plates in favour of clean and vibrant vegan meals.”
As explained in this article, 10,000 tonnes of human waste–fed fish are reared in the east Kolkata wetlands each year. Fish forced to swim in human excrement are said to have fed at least three generations of Kolkata’s residents. The practice of selling sewage-fed fish to consumers also exists in Bhopal, Chennai and Nagpur.
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 killed for consumption are impaled, crushed, suffocated, or gutted – all while they’re still conscious. On fish farms, they’re confined to cramped, filthy enclosures underwater. Parasitic infections, diseases, and injuries are common there. When fish are caught from the seas, dolphins, turtles, and other animals are pulled up along with “target fish” in nets, and the injured animals are thrown overboard, where they fall victim to swarming birds or slowly bleed to death.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.