||Animals in the Wild
by Jim Robertson
Fish Are People Too
Thanks for your article "Vegetarian
Phoenixes" [March 10], which encourages readers to try two of the great
vegetarian restaurants in the area. Readers should be reminded, however,
that fish are not vegetables. Like cows, pigs, and chickens, fish are
sentient beings that suffer greatly when they are caught in nets and
killed for their flesh.
Fish experience fear--as evidenced by
increased heart and breathing rates--just as humans do. When they are
dragged from the ocean depths, they undergo excruciating decompression.
Often, the intense internal pressure ruptures their swim bladder, pops out
their eyes, and pushes their stomach through their mouth. When they're
tossed onboard a vessel, many fish slowly suffocate or are crushed to
death. Others are still alive when their throats and bellies are cut open.
It's just as easy, and every bit as
tasty, to forgo animal flesh of all species.
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