Seattle chef Renee Erickson recently took chinook salmon off the menus of her restaurants so that starving orcas will have more to eat. Chinook make up more than 90 percent of Southern Resident orcas’ diet during the summer months.
This is a good first step, but why stop at salmon? Fish, like orcas, are intelligent animals with impressive long-term memories who watch and learn, use tools, and form sophisticated social structures. They also feel pain, and when they are dragged out of their ocean homes, their gills collapse, their eyes bulge out of their heads, and their swim bladders burst because of the sudden pressure change.
PETA recently released a list of the top 10 vegan seafood dishes in the U.S. – featuring simmering faux-fish and shrimp hot pots, vegan crab cakes, artichoke oysters, hearts of palm lobster rolls, and more – which proves that no sensitive sea animal needs to die for dinner. Find out more at www.PETA.org.
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