In today’s post, I would like to share what I think about eating seafood, fishing, and farmed fish. All opinions are my own, and hence subjective. I am not forcing my views, and just voicing them out.
Fish is widely consumed worldwide, fishing is promoted as a hobby, and you can find fish markets in every place! But have we taken enough time, to think, and contemplate what’s on our plate? Many people disregard fish as social animals, but it’s not true! They live in shoals, communicate and have their own social circles. They have a will to thrive, and not to be pierced by a fork.
And…fishing is never sustainable! What you get in the markets, is only a part of the haul! A huge proportion of marine life gets ruined through fishing. Fishing nets capture them all! Be it endangered fish or those present in abundance.
When we fish, we are literally killing our Earth. Fishing boats and fishing equipment are discarded out in the deep. It forms layers and layers of debris, ultimately choking aquatic plants and animals to death. Creating more and more dead zones, indirectly increasing global warming. Even whales swallow plastic and face an excruciating end.
And now comes farmed fishing!
Is it any better, no! What do you suppose fish eat? Other fish… yes! So you feed farmed fish by fishing (somewhat alliterative and a tongue twister!). The cycle repeats, and customers are fooled that they are moving towards sustainable development. And does farmed fish mean they don’t feel pain? They are traumatised when a hook just kills them and pierces their mouth.
But it is not that simple. What about the people whose daily livelihood is based on fishing? We can’t just stop fishing one fine day but have to progress towards that goal. Finding new sources of employment, and increasing education tangibility. We need to let business tycoons know that we care! If we boycott eating animals in our homes, educate our families, our communities, then we will make a change. Companies will be indirectly forced to explore more vegan options.
I think it’s high time, that we don’t just get entertained by movies such as “Finding Nemo”, but find a message in it. A cry for help.
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~ Arnav Gupta