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Top Five Reasons Fishing Hurts

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Posted June 16, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

Fact: Fish are not the cutest animals in the world.

You might say some of them are a liiitttle less fortunate in the looks department, am I right? Also, you can’t cuddle with them and they can’t play fetch, but fish DO have feelings. Even though they can’t snuggle like a dog or cat, when it comes to life and death, suffering and pain … should that really matter?

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Here are five more reasons why you shouldn’t eat fish:

Eating fish is hazardous to your health.

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, fish “are the main if not the only source of methyl mercury,” a substance that has been linked to cardiovascular disease, fetal brain damage, blindness, deafness, and problems with motor skills, language, and attention span.

Suffocation isn’t fun.

When fish are yanked from the water, they begin to suffocate. Their gills often collapse, and their swim bladders can rupture because of the sudden change in pressure. Gross, eh?

Fishing kills more than fish.

One out of every five manatee rescues conducted in the 1980s and 1990s was related to fishing-line entanglement, and during a four-year span, at least 35 dolphins died from injuries that they sustained as a result of being tangled in fishing line.

Fishing hurts the environment.

Many commercial fishing vessels practice bottom-trawling in order to catch sea animals who live near, on, or under the sea floor, such as flounder, cod, grouper, shrimp, and scallops. Scientists say that the destruction caused by bottom-trawling is similar to that caused by clear-cutting old forests, only on a far greater scale.

Fishing really hurts.

Fish slaughter plants in the U.S. make no effort to stun the fish, who are completely conscious when they start down the slaughter line. Their gills are cut, and they are left to bleed to death, convulsing in pain. Large fish, such as salmon, are sometimes bashed on the head with a wooden bat called a “priest,” and many are seriously injured but still alive and suffering when they are cut open.

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  • 1305 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am doing an essay about why fishing as a sport should be abolished and untill I got that topic, I never knew the effect this was having on fish. :{ I am glad I got this topic so maybe my essay will raise awareness. Thank you for the article, and do not worry. I will list you as a source.

  • 1498 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awe I love fish. I just don’t understand how people can be so cruel to them. It’s like they that they don’t have feelings. FISH ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD!

  • 1499 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is so terrible! How can people even do this! It’s heartless!

  • 1501 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i love and have always loved fish! i think they are so cute! the only down side is that i cant pet them :( i cant stand seeing this. :(

  • 1507 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think fish are soo cute, I love them! I almost cried watching that, I had to stop it before I did

  • 1509 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My stepmom says she is Vegetarian which she almost is, because she doesn’t eat meat but she eats fish. I am going to show her this video because her habits are cruel and inhumane.
    I’m not one to eat meat or fish, but that video makes my stomach hurt :(

  • 1516 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i think they are cute. and it is def. wrong to hurt them! they dont deserve to die!!! poor fish…=( thats just downright cruel!

  • 1521 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t believe so stupid things like that there are animals that is not cute… ALL animals are cute!!! You people who says otherwise, look yourself in the mirror… (Excuse my bad english.)

  • 1521 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is absolutely disgusting and awful.

  • 1524 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think it is strange that a lot of people would pull a fish out of the water and leave it in a bucket, in the bottom of a boat, or on a dock to die, where they suffocate, but they wouldn’t drown a dog or cat.

    Fish are can be really beautiful animals… In the water!

  • 1524 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i think fish are super cute? i mean, have you ever seen those little neons ones? i could stare at them all day, they’re beautiful!

  • 1528 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    another reason is that sometimes when people fish the hooks go into the fishes ees and the die right there. i accidentaly did that when i wasnt a vegetarian and i felt so freaking bad after that but instead of taking it home and eating it i just threw it back in the water

  • 1529 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A good doco is “end of the line” has some eye opening information on just how much we are
    Screwing the ocean!

  • 1529 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    SO SAD… I don’t understand why god created humans. Our world is a total mess.

    • Joe

      1529 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I can’t understand why humans created a god. So there.

      • Ami

        1521 days ago

        VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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        I dont understand why that was necessary.

  • 1530 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    evilllllllllllllllllllllll children these days aka (adults) if u are reading this then get your lazy @$$ up and do somthing cause otherwise who is the guilt knowing u could have done somthing but u didnt fish is gross i hate fish but 1 out of 5 of you dont care youre just in for the free stuff im not good girl out

  • 1531 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love my fish. (They cha cha. It’s cute.)
    I find them adorable and this ^ (Points to video)
    Disgusting. I’m tired of these kinds of people thinking that humans are the only beings on this planet that can feel pain.
    So sad to be so ignorant…

    • 1475 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      so true. Its awful so many people are ignorant to the suffering of other species.

  • 1531 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have 2 comets and 3 fantails, and tbh, I think they’re kinda cute :),

    I will totally share this, it’s so gross!

  • 1533 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I won’t lie – my Grandpa raised me on tuna fish sandwiches. It’s what I always get at Subway. And though I don’t often eat red meat (or meat at all for that matter) I don’t think of the feelings of the poor fishies. I’ll try to reduce my intake as much as possible. I’m not ready to quit just yet…let me wean myself off…

  • 1533 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awwww…. that is very true.

  • 1534 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I literally almost just cried watching this, it’s really sad. I never knew this happened! =(

  • 1534 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Fish are smarter than people give them credit for. More or less when it comes down to it, They are still gods creatures. I have 2 Albino Oscar Fish and they are considerd “The water dogs” of fish. They can reconize there owners, As mine do, And theve learned to stick there heads out of the water(Gills still submurged) when i hold there food above the tank. I love them like family, Scales and all!

  • 1535 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG thos poor fish :'( This is so cruel, I really feel for them, why do people have to eat fish? GRRRRR

  • 1535 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    they would allow that to people or other animals. why should it be ok for fish to go threw that kind of suffering and pain? just cus they’re not furry and cute doesnt mean that is ok.

  • 1535 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Actually, fish are adorable (2 me, at least). I have pet fish, an they are extremley smart. They recognize me, solve problems, have scedules, and more.

    • 1529 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I agree. Fish are AMAZING!!! And they are cute.

  • 1535 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that’s so saaaad! :[

  • 1535 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You’re right, fish aren’t cute, but they are pretty cool and we shouldn’t hurt them! Poor fishies…..:(

    • 1503 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I definitely agree Olivia even though they’re not all that they still matter :)

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