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July 12, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As individuals journey up and down the Pacific Coast Freeway on the 1,500-mile stretch between Los Angeles and Seattle, hoping to see seals, they’re much more more likely to spot a number of of 100 vans carrying an pressing message from PETA: Fishing and consuming fish are chargeable for killing hundreds of thousands of “nontarget” animals annually, together with elephant seals in California and harbor seals in Washington.
There may be one strategy to do your half to save lots of seals—and even whales, turtles, and different marine animals—the adverts counsel, and that’s by ditching fish fillets and crab claws and as an alternative selecting vegan meals. Roughly 640,000 tons of fishing gear—a few of which may take 600 years to interrupt down—are left within the ocean yearly, and “ghost nets” turn into demise traps for any dwelling, feeling beings who turn into entangled in them. As ranges of misplaced and discarded fishing and trapping gear improve, lots of of 1000’s extra marine animals will die in horrible methods.
Fishing gear kills much more marine animals than plastic straws do—and we’re not even speaking in regards to the billions of fish pulled out of their ocean house to suffocate or be gutted whereas nonetheless alive on the decks of fishing boats.
“Simply off the magnificent Pacific coast are numerous seals, fish, and different animals who—identical to people—wish to dwell in peace and lift their younger,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges everybody to honor these aquatic households by recognizing the injury and demise brought on by consuming fish and selecting scrumptious vegan seafood as an alternative.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—factors out that many faux-fish choices can be found, together with Gardein’s f’sh filets, Good Catch’s plant-based tuna, New Wave Meals’ vegan shrimp, and Sophie’s Kitchen’s Plant-Primarily based Crab Truffles.