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The Fishing Industry : The Greatest Animal Welfare Scandal of Our Time?

An Animal Aid report looking at the impact of eating fish on animal welfare, human health and the environment

Introduction

This special Animal Aid report brings together - in succinct, bullet-point style - key data and observations about the environmental, human health and animal welfare dimensions of the fishmeat industry. It is the plight of the fish themselves that, until now, has received precious little attention.

Welfare

Fish CAN feel pain. Farmed fish are caged in cruel and unhealthy conditions and are artificially bred. Fish are being genetically engineered. They are transported live and are killed without prior stunning. Wild fish also suffer greatly.

Health

Fish contain unhealthy saturated fats. Omega-3 from plants are healthier than those from oily fish. Plant-based diets will protect your heart without any need for fish oils. Oily fish may be contaminated with residues of chemicals, some of which have been described by experts as the most toxic known to science. Non-oily fish may be contaminated with toxins such as mercury. Farmed salmon is particularly unhealthy.

Environment

Our eating habits are driving many species of fish to the brink of extinction. Commercial fishing is also driving many other animals towards extinction. One in four fish caught in the world's oceans goes for non-human consumption. Much of the fish on sale in the supermarket has been factory-farmed. Your taxes are helping to fund these destructive practices, some of which are stealing food from poor nations.

Published by Animal Aid, March 2006. ISBN: 1-905327-06-4

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