11/12/20 Fish pain is the same
PETA and Animal Friends Croatia send a strong message to protect fish, which suffer on hooks and in nets
- Striking billboards ask us to put ourselves in the position of beings who feel pain as well as we do
Animal Friends Croatia put out billboards in Split, Rijeka, Zadar, Zagreb, and other cities to point out the feelings we share with other living beings. Contrary to outdated and unfounded opinion, fish feel pain just as much as humans - this is the message of the posters created in collaboration with the world's largest organization for the protection and rights of animals, PETA. Posters depicting a woman on a hook are intended to raise compassion for all beings, whether they have fur, feathers, or shells.
Neurobiologists have long recognized that fish have nerves and brains, which allow them to feel pain and nervous systems that respond to pain. Dr. Donald Broom, a biologist and retired professor of animal welfare at the University of Cambridge and a scientific adviser to the British government, explains: “The scientific literature is completely clear. Anatomically, psychologically and biologically, the sensation of pain in fish is really the same as in birds and other animals. ” A detailed map of pain receptors in the fish's mouth and throughout the body was made.
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the Roslin Institute in the United Kingdom report that they also feel emotional stress in response to pain and make a "hesitant movement very similar to the movement seen in higher vertebrates in stress such as mammals". Also, researchers from universities across America have published research showing that some fish use sounds to express anxiety when nets are dropped onto the shoal of fish or when they are endangered in some other way.
Commercial fishing is cruel to animals to an almost unimaginable extent. "The way the commercial fishing industry treats these animals should force all animal lovers to give up the taste of fish meat forever," said AFC. They point out that fishing has become a big business, and the methods used in fishing and killing are as brutal as those used in slaughterhouses: "Every year, the fishing industry kills hundreds of billions of animals. In the last 50 years, 90 percent of large fish populations have been exterminated, and if people continue to hunt and kill fish en masse, there will be no more fish in the oceans by 2050. ”
“What happens to fish before they end up on someone’s plate is nothing but cruelty to animals. Whether they are farmed or caught in the ocean, the fish are treated in such a cruel way that it can justifiably be considered a crime, ”said AFC. They call on everyone to replace eating fish and other animals with healthier, more ecological, and ethical variants, ie various vegan products, which are intended for everyone.
It is important to realize that we do not need fish meat at all in order to be healthy and live a quality life, but quite the opposite - because of ships, wastewater, polluted rain and rivers and other ways in which man negatively affects nature, undesirable concentrations of heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants is found in fish. Omega-3 fatty acids can be ingested through green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils such as flaxseed, soybean, rapeseed, and nuts.