Staff Reporter

Eating fish will expose one to a serious health risk, says investigator

VISAKHAPATNAM: Fishing causes environmental damage, animal suffering, unhygienic conditions and serious risks to human health, says a report released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The report compiled based on over a year-long study considered first hand investigations as well as scientific studies and reports from the government and NGOs.

It discusses fish markets, potentially deadly chemical toxins that commonly found in fish and the nature and intelligence of fish. It also addresses sport fishing (angling), commercial fishing and fish farming.

Campaign Coordinator of PETA Nikunj Sharma told reporters on Thursday that their study confirmed that fish felt pain like all other beings and were quite intelligent. They have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures. He said people should stop eating fish. As fishes have nerve endings in their mouth, when caught by hooks, they experience severe pain. Studies show that even fish, which are released into water after they are caught, usually die from injuries and stress.

The fish markets that PETA investigated were equally appalling. “Mangur fish were kept alive in very little or no water and showed signs of laboured breathing as they struggled on trays,” the report says.

Shocking sight

A PETA’s investigator witnessed endangered species including sharks and dolphins being sold openly and observed widespread filth and unhygienic conditions in the markets including grounds that were strewn with discarded flesh, which attracted flies and stray animals.

Mr. Sharma said fish flesh and fat could contain extremely high concentrations of chemical residues – as much as nine million times that of the water in which they live – eating fish would expose eaters to a serious health risk.