By Lamya Essemlali, Co-directrice Sea Shepherd Global

An industrial purse seiner fishing for tuna in West Africa. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoAn industrial purse seiner fishing for tuna in West Africa. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoThe campaign “Another Perspective on Fish” is a global campaign committed to the emergence in the collective consciousness of the question of sentient aquatic animals (fish, but also cephalopods and crustaceans).

Fish represent 97-98% of the animals killed for their flesh, with capture methods and killing processes that would shock the public and that would certainly be forbidden if they were land animals. Yet, what appears to be ethically outrageous and ecologically criminal on land is largely ignored or accepted at sea.

On one hand, some marine animals have managed to win our sympathy like whales, dolphins, polar bears or sea turtles, and enjoy a certain protection (quite relatively speaking, as we are unfortunately well placed to know). On the other hand, fish are barely considered animals.

It is this perception of fish that bring us to the current state where thousands of billions of them (with cephalopods and crustaceans) are torn from the sea with little consideration for the marine environment or for the animal suffering. 

Aside from their intrinsic value, fish are essential workers of the marine ecosystem of which life on Earth depends. They allow the oceanic machinery to work properly and are the main regulator of the climate as well as the main source of oxygen. We owe these neglected animals one breath of air out of two...

At the turn of the 20th century, we were fishing 3 million tons of fish. We went up to 20 million tons in 1959 and then to 100 million tons in 1989. Today, considering how things are going, the FAO predicts a collapse of the world fisheries by 2048.

This can be translated in the death of the ocean as we know it today and an ecological cataclysm without any equivalent in human history.

From an ethical and an environmental point of concern, it is both essential and urgent that  we reconsider how we think about fish.

When people presenting themselves as vegetarians will stop being offered tuna, we will know we are on the right track...

There will be events around the world in the coming days about this question, feel free to share and participate! More on : http://end-of-fishing.org/fr and https://www.facebook.com/FishLiberation/

Lamya Essemlali
Co-directrice Sea Shepherd Global
Présidente et co-fondatrice Sea Shepherd France

Yellowfin tuna caught in a purse seine net. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon AgerYellowfin tuna caught in a purse seine net. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Simon Ager

Dead sharks discarded overboard as by-catch. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoDead sharks discarded overboard as by-catch. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra Gimeno

Yellowfin tuna dropped into the fish holds of an industrial purse seiner. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoYellowfin tuna dropped into the fish holds of an industrial purse seiner. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra Gimeno

Fish frozen in time as they take their last breath. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra GimenoFish frozen in time as they take their last breath. Photo: Sea Shepherd Global / Alejandra Gimeno

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