Animal Aid

Pirates invade Brighton

Posted 9 October 2006

Date: Monday 9th October
Time: 12 noon
Location: Entrance to Palace Pier

Ahoy thar me hearty! Pirates of the Soya Bean will be invading Brighton on Monday October 9th - the start of national Seafood Week (6th - 13th October). Cap’n Tofu and his shipmates - a new breed of pirates - have had enough of witnessing the seas being pillaged and fish populations destroyed. The crew will be dropping anchor in Brighton for one day and inviting the good people of the environs to share in their booty of fishless ‘fish’ fingers. They hope to persuade them to leave them thar fish alone.

Says Pirates of the Soya Bean’s, Captain Tofu:

"Folks be doin’ damage with what they be eatin’ coz they not be thinkin’ bout where that thar food be comin’ from. Any scurvy-faced landlubbers who refuse to try our ‘nuggets’ will be walking the plank."

A recent report by national campaign group Animal Aid (The Fishing Industry - the greatest welfare scandal of our time?), presents the case that eating fish not only results in massive cruelty, but it is also unhealthy and is destroying the oceans.

Notes to Editors

  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.
  • For more information, contact Kelly Slade on 01732 364546 ext. 227.
  • We have an ISDN line for broadcast-quality interviews.
  • A copy of ‘The Fishing Industry’ report is available on request.

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