Mercy For Animals undercover investigation provides a startling glimpse
into “Catfish Corner,” a fish slaughter facility in Mesquite,
the operation’s jaunty name lies a grisly reality. From the water
to the cutting table, fish are tortured – suffocated, skinned and
dismembered, all while conscious and feeling pain.
hidden camera video reveals:
using pliers to pull the skin off of live fish
* Dozens of fish crammed into buckets and baskets, gasping for oxygen
* Skinned fish still moving and gasping on the cutting table
* Fish flailing and struggling to escape the workers’ knives
* Live fish sliced and split in half
* Workers tearing the heads off of live fish
reviewing the undercover footage, animal behaviorist Dr. Jonathan Balcombe
harshly condemned Catfish Corner, stating, “Treating [fish] like inanimate
things is cruel and ethically abhorrent. Handling such as that shown in
the footage is extremely cruel and heartless and should be outlawed immediately.”
Lee Schrader concurred, adding, “To subject fish to an obviously painful
procedure such as the removal of their skin, while they are alive and responsive,
is cruel, inhumane and without excuse.”
now widely accepted that fish feel pain. In fact, fish process pain in much
the same way as mammals. The fish in the video exhibit pronounced aversive
responses to their handling, such as violently flopping and attempting to
move away, suggesting that they indeed feel pain and are suffering immensely.
no measures were taken to stun or render the fish insensible to pain prior
to Dr. Schrader, the fact that the animals stopped struggling only after
their heads were removed suggests that their movement was a deliberate response
presented clear evidence of the routine skinning and dismemberment of live,
suffering animals at this facility, yet the Dallas County District Attorney’s
Office has declined to file cruelty-to-animal charges. Such inaction illustrates
that stricter and stronger laws are urgently needed in Texas to prevent
such egregious animal suffering.
not a single federal law exists to protect fish from abuse on aquaculture
factory farms, during fishing events, or at slaughter – allowing widespread
abuse to continue.
U.S. each year, approximately 8.4 billion fish are killed for food. According
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 80% of farm-raised fish
are catfish, with Texas as a leading producer.
as consumers we have the power to spare fish – and all other animals
used in food production – unnecessary pain and suffering by adopting
a compassionate vegan diet.
Vegan! – Every time we sit down to eat, we can choose compassion over
cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy and eggs is perhaps the single
most important and powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty
to animals.Visit ChooseVeg.com for meatless, dairy-free and egg-free recipes.
You’ll also find tips for making the transition to a vegan diet and
for eating vegan on a budget.
* Pledge to “Forgo Fish” - Sign the pledge to forgo fish, and
spare countless fish and other aquatic animals from pain and suffering.
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if you have a website or blog. Don’t forget to send a link to MFA’s
investigation to your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family.
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