It’s a fact: Fish feel pain.

Whether these highly intelligent animals are hooked at the end of some asshole fisherman’s pole or trapped and left for days between hundreds of other frantic, terrified fish in a boating net, there is absolutely no question about it: They suffer.

fish caught in net
Photo: echoforsberg 
But … what about other animals who suffer in the commercial fishing industry?

Ladies and gents, let’s talk about “bycatch.”

bycatch commercial fishing definition

These animals, who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time (not that there’s ever a “right” time to catch someone), get tangled in nets and hooked by long-lines. Once fishermen realize that they’re not the specific species of fish they were initially looking for, the animals are thrown overboard.

From there, they fall victim to swarming birds or slowly bleed to death in the water.

So, let’s meet some of the nearly 1,000 animals who are innocent victims of bycatch every single day, shall we?

Sharks

shark
Shark | Steve Garner | CC by 2.0 

Dolphins

dolphin
Photo: William Warby 

Birds

seagulls
Photo: Konstantinos Dafalias 

Seals

seal
Photo: NWCouncil | CC by 2.0 

Sea Turtles

sea turtle
Photo: Dominic Scaglioni | CC by 2.0 

Whales

humpback whales
Humpback Whales | Photo by: National Marine Sanctuaries | CC by 2.0 

Not down with killing these cuties (or any animal)? It’s simple: GO VEGAN and leave fish off your plate!

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