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January 11, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Virginia Beach, Virginia – To coincide with the winter migration of endangered humpback whales and fin whales — and because Virginia has been named one of the best places for whale watching in the country– PETA is causing a stir with a call reminding people that fishing gear kills 300,000 whales and dolphins each year and offering a solution: “Don’t eat fish”.
In the fishing industry, even whales are referred to as “bycatch”, a euphemism for non-target animals which are caught Where get tangled in fishing gear. Entangled whales can be dragged for miles, becoming more and more exhausted, until they drown. PETA notes that death from fishing gear is the greatest threat to the survival of many of the world’s 86 species of cetaceans and that eating fish contributes to the decimation of ocean ecosystems. According to a new study, between 60% and 80% of right whales and humpback whales have been entangled at least once in their lifetime.
“Eating vegan not only prevents fish from choking and suffering from a fleeting taste of flesh, but also protects the majestic whales that pass through Virginia waters,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges everyone to honor aquatic animals, big and small, by leaving them off their plates. “
Each year, more fish are killed for food than all the other animals combined. Fish feel pain as intensely as mammals, have long-term memories and sing underwater, but they are impaled, crushed, choked or cut and gutted, while still being conscious.
PETA – whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a supremacist worldview of man – points out that many false-fish options are available. available, including that of Gardein. Fish Fillets, Good catches plant-based seafood, New Wave Food ‘ vegetable shrimps, and Sophie’s kitchen Vegan crab cakes.
PETA placed the ad on 333 Waterside Dr. and on 16 Southside buses that cover Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.