Reckless destruction of world's oceans

Every year, countless 'non-target' animals, including dolphins, birds, turtles, and sharks, are hauled up alongside fish in commercial fishing nets.

Tuesday, 12th June 2018, 6:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 10:34 am

They’re crushed to death, suffocated, or thrown overboard to succumb to their injuries in the water.

Altogether, more than 1 trillion fish and other sea animals die at the hands of humans each year.

That’s about 143 sea animals for every human on Earth.

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And the ecological impact goes well beyond this so-called “by-catch”.

As giant fishing nets are dragged along the ocean floor, they tear up whatever stands in their way.

Deep-sea trawling is responsible for widespread damage to coral reefs and underwater mountains, and as a result, the ecosystems that depend on these habitats are crumbling.

This reckless destruction of the ocean is both cruel and unsustainable.

The good news is that delicious cruelty-free options, including vegan fish fingers, faux-fish cakes and mock prawns, are affordable and easy to find.

So let’s celebrate World Oceans Day in a way that helps our oceans and shows respect for their inhabitants, by leaving fish and other animals off our plates.

Jennifer White

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals