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Fish Are People Too

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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.

Jim Robertson

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