You can participate in Respect for Fish Day in a variety of ways
Mermaid Contest Closed and Winners Announced!
This year’s Respect For Fish Day theme is Mermaids Against Fish Farming. We asked Merfolk, divers, surfers, and ocean lovers to help us expose the truth about fish farming and the harm it brings to fish, other marine animals, people, the environment, and of course Merpeople! We received some excellent submissions, and here are our winners:
1st Place - Mermaid Evi
Mermaid Evi’s stunning submission featured her swimming among a school of fish, highlighting the connection between humans (and in this case mermaids) and fish.
1st Place Prize: A $500 cash prize; Underwater apparel by award-winning merstylist and internationally renowned celebrity designer, Deborah Lindquist; Luxury sustainable swimwear made from recycled fishing nets by Summer Love Swimwear.
2nd Place - Mermaid Fantasea
Fantaseamaiden shared her fin-tastic photo with a beautiful waterfall background and the caption “Mermaids love clean water and healthy fish! So don’t farm fish!”
2nd Prize: Luxury sustainable swimwear made from recycled fishing nets by Summer Love Swimwear
3rd Place - Merdog Tia
Merdog Tia showed her canine support by donning a mermaid tail.
3rd Prize: IDA logo bandana
Still interested in sending us your photos? You can still spread the word by posting your photos to advocate for fish! Tag us on your preferred social media platform or submit your photos to [email protected] and your videos to [email protected].
We do not guarantee that your content will be used or shared, but by submitting content to IDA, you are giving us permission to publish your images on our website, in our newsletter, and/or on social media platforms.
Download Our Factsheets
Download and share our factsheets about fish exploitation.
Write a Letter to the Editor
Writing letters to the editor is a quick and effective way to spread the word about animal cruelty issues. While it can be difficult to get letters published in large newspapers, local papers publish most of the letters they receive. We can review op-ed drafts you write and provide feedback.
Please see our Letter to the Editor and Op-Ed guide for examples and helpful tips. In Defense of Animals can also provide a customized letter which is ready to submit on request by emailing [email protected].
There are a number of ways you can help ensure that Respect for Fish Day has a strong digital presence:
- On August 1, send out the tweets listed on our Tweetsheet.
- On August 1, post photos on social media with the #Respect4Fish hashtag. You can post photos of vegan fish alternatives, fish in their natural habitats, abuse directed at fish, etc.
Set up a Table
Set up a table in a busy location with pedestrian traffic. Good choices include train stations, parks, and town squares. You can hand out leaflets and display posters. Tabling is an effective way to reach large numbers of people and directly communicate our message face to face.
Organize a Protest or Demonstration
Hosting a demonstration is one of the most impactful ways to bring under-represented issues into the spotlight. Physical displays of protest give issues new legitimacy and highlight public opposition to unjust practices. Good protest targets include sportfishing supply stores, pet stores selling live fish, and laboratories that experiment on fish. We can assist you with media outreach, verifying that everything you do is legal, and selecting targets to ensure that your event runs smoothly.
Organize an Exhibition at Your Local Library
Exhibitions can be as simple as a few illustrated posters or more complex with dioramas, 3-D designs, etc. Most public libraries are open to hosting such exhibitions. Just contact them in advance and let them know about your ideas.
Vegan Fish Giveaways
Nowadays, plant-based versions of traditional fish meat are widely available. They taste just like fish and letting people try them is the best way to make them realize that they love them. You can set up a table at your local park and offer free samples.
Meet with Your Legislators
The most effective way that you can influence public policy is by lobbying your legislators through in-person meetings at their offices. To set up a meeting, simply call their office, let them know what your availability is and arrange a time.
If you are a student, ask your teacher or professor if you can give your class a presentation on fish welfare issues. Presentations can alter people’s worldviews and inspire them to change their lifestyles positively. Your presentation could broadly cover fish sentience and the various issues affecting fish, or they can more narrowly focus on specific topics, like angling or the pet trade. We can review your presentation and provide feedback.
To learn more about Respect for Fish Day and the ways in which fish are abused, please see our campaign brochure.