Fish are among the most misunderstood of all farmed animals. Like other animals, fish are individuals who experience a range of emotions. They have complex social structures, and can recognize many different faces. While they may not have the vocal chords to scream, fish subjected to the cruelties of animal agriculture experience tremendous pain and suffering.
As leading marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle states, “I wouldn’t deliberately eat a grouper any more than I’d eat a cocker spaniel. They’re so good-natured, so curious. You know, fish are sensitive, they have personalities, they hurt when they’re wounded.”
Commercial fisheries commonly catch fish in trawling nets and dump them on board where they slowly and painfully suffocate to death, which can take upwards of ten minutes. Undercover investigations have also shown fish being skinned alive while fully conscious.
Fish are not the only animals who suffer as a result of fish consumption. Millions of other sea life, including dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks are killed each year due to fishing nets.
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