Salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, cod and haddock are many of our favourite food animals from the sea. They have traditionally been the darlings of British foodies, with fish and chips, fish cakes etc forming the bedrock of traditional British cuisine. With the brutal and ruthless way in which sea creatures are captured and sacrificed for our pleasure, however, consumers would be well advised to stay away from these options altogether.
With a massive and ever-rising demand on seafood from all corners of the globe, nearly all the fish we take for granted for food is extracted from our seas and oceans, using huge and merciless trawler nets that leave no stones unturned. Even the most innocuous creatures, plants and animals included, in the sea cannot avoid the ill fate and agony of being trapped in these nets.
They are then transported to the marine equivalent of factory farms for land animals. Profitable seafood creatures are condensed in tight spaces in filthy conditions. Others unintentionally caught by the trawler nets are dumped back into the oceans, and most of these unwanted captures will have already been hurt and lost their usual capabilities in motion and in breathing.
Fish caught in the wild are subject to the same degree of pain and suffering once they are on our hook. The way in which fish and other aquatic animals struggle for grim life once being caught, demonstrates resoundingly that they're sentient and thus perfectly capable of pain and suffering. Is it right to inflict unnecessary suffering and death on sentient beings such as fish, when our palate pleasure and tradition are the only reasons for doing so?
The enormous amount of pollution to ocean waters nowadays renders seafood a rich source of toxins for our bodies. Marine creatures literally have absorbed every single pollutant that mankind has dumped into the oceans. With gigantic trawler nets literally vacuum-cleaning the valuable aquatic lives from our seas and oceans, it is no surprise that our oceans, the very lungs of our planet, are dying. Every bite of marine delicacy is therefore a toxic blend of pollution, cruelty, destruction and greed.
But what about the much acclaimed omega-3 fatty acids that experts claim we so desperately need for health? Well, where do marine food animals obtain their omega-3's in the first place? Aquatic plants! Seeds such as hemp and chia are also amazing sources of omega-3's as well as other essential fatty acids. Even plant-based omega-3 supplements are coming to the fore, as you can easily find these in independent health stores these days.
In fact, you'll discover more plant-based, cruelty-free alternatives at the upcoming VegfestUK Bristol vegan festival on May 21st 22nd at the Amphitheatre. With a total of 180 stalls showcasing the best of vegan living, with many one-off show discounts, plus 15 caterers, talks on plant-based nutrition and lifestyles, cookery demos, kids activities, alongside socialising and entertainment, VegfestUK Bristol will be your one-stop guide to living without animal products altogether. Find out more about the event in the programme here:
Tickets to the event can be bought in advance at www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/admission, with a BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE special offer running until April 30th.
The last “Vegan” billboard poster comes with a number of other hard-hitting posters as part of a vegan educational campaign in Bristol launched by the world’s 1st guitar-playing pig Pig Freud:
Your help with raising funds for this first-ever billboard project in Bristol would be much appreciated, thanks! You can donate at the link below:
Pig Freud would also appreciate your help in collecting donations for his project at VegfestUK Bristol 2016 – for full details see blog below:
In conjunction with his fundraising drive, Pig Freud will also be performing at VegfestUK Bristol 2016, on Sunday May 22nd at 5pm on the Buskers Stage. You can join the Facebook event below and invite your friends:
from Vegfest UK