Tell Veterinarian Group to Stop Promoting Animal Abuse

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Originally Posted: 14 June 2009

Tell Veterinarian Group to Stop Promoting Animal Abuse

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Tell the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) that their work should be about honoring animals and participating in entertainment that involves throwing around fish carcasses is unacceptable.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

AVMA Headquarters
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
phone (800) 248-2862
fax (847) 925-1329


The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)—the nation's largest organization of veterinarians—has a long history of siding with wealthy corporate animal abusers. For example, the AVMA refuses to denounce cruel force-feeding of ducks and geese for foie gras or confining mother pigs to metal crates barely larger than their own bodies. But the AVMA's latest stunt might be its most bizarre to date: It has invited employees from Pike Place Fish Market to get veterinarians to participate in throwing dead fish around on stage at the upcoming AVMA convention in Seattle. The AVMA says that the fish-tossing will be "outrageously fun."

In addition to being extremely disrespectful to animals (would the AVMA dare to try such a stunt with dead hamsters or kittens?), the AVMA is also promoting the extreme cruelty of the fishing industry, which has no regard for animal welfare. Every year, billions of fish suffocate on boat decks or are cut open while still conscious. Studies show that fish are complex, smart animals who do indeed feel pain. Dr. Donald Broom, scientific advisor to the British government, explains, "The scientific literature is quite clear. Anatomically, physiologically and biologically, the pain system in fish is virtually the same as in birds and mammals."

Fish may not be cute like dogs and cats are, but they can and do suffer, which is all that matters. Please take a few moments right now to remind the AVMA that all animals—regardless of species—deserve compassion and respect.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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