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Pirates invade

Posted 5 October 2006

Animal Aid pirates dropped anchor in Hastings and Brighton at the start of Seafood week (October 6th - 13th) to invite the good people of the environs to share in their booty of fishless 'fish' fingers, in the hope to persuade them to leave them thar fish alone.

  1. You do not need to eat fish to be healthy. Vegetarians can meet all their nutritional requirements by consuming a varied, balanced, plant-based diet. It is often said that eating fish is vital for its omega-3 content. But soya, walnuts, rapeseed oil, flaxseed and dark green vegetables are all rich in this nutrient.
  2. Thirty per cent of the fat in fish can be saturated, contributing to heart disease, obesity and some cancers. That stench at the fish counter is the smell of the fats turning rancid.
  3. Fish fats act like a sponge, soaking up chemicals present in polluted waters. These toxins are regarded by scientists as some of the most dangerous known to man, and have been linked to cancer and birth defects.
  4. Ocean fish populations are on the brink of extinction due to over-fishing. Fish farming is not the solution, as three to five tonnes of ocean-caught fish are needed to produce feed for one tonne of farmed fish.
  5. Fish feel pain and stress. Fish are killed in a variety of brutal methods that include being clubbed, gassed, asphyxiated or gutted alive.

Get Active for fish

Animal Aid’s new leaflet, ‘Fish the forgotten victims’, is ideal for dropping through letterboxes and handing out on stalls. Please contact us to order copies.


During Seafood Week why not try some of these delicious veggie fish dishes?

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