• More Than 20 Organisations Sign Open Letter Encouraging Consumers to Change Their Diets to Save Sea Animals



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    The Aquatic Life Institute, an international marine wildlife welfare organisation, has released an open letter urging consumers to reduce or eliminate seafood consumption altogether.

    The letter, signed by more than 20 conservation and animal welfare organisations, states that “some 100 billion aquatic animals are farmed each year and another 2 billion are caught in the wild to meet our growing demand for seafood. In comparison, this figure is about 35 times that of all farmed land animals. Yet aquatic animal welfare has been neglected throughout history.”

    The effects of industrial fishing on marine wildlife

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 75% of the world’s fish stocks are still overfished.

    In addition, hundreds of thousands of dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and whales die every year because they get caught in fishing nets. In addition, so-called “ghost nets”, those fishing nets that have been lost or abandoned in the ocean, make up 10 per cent of the plastic debris in the sea. Between 500,000 and 1 million tonnes of it end up in the ocean each year.

    Christine Xu, director of the Coalition for Aquatic Conservation, says: “Consumers have immense purchasing power at their disposal to help save our oceans. This includes reducing or eliminating their consumption of aquatic animals”.

    The Aquatic Life Institute
    @kizilkaya_zafer, The Aquatic Life Institute

    Fortunately, plant-based seafood is increasingly finding its way into the world’s supermarkets. This industry, which has the potential to significantly reduce the destruction of the seas, will grow by 28% annually between 2020 and 2030, according to Future Market Insights.

    The signatories to the letter are as follows:

    Aquatic Life Institute

    Compassion in World Farming

    Fish Welfare Initiative

    Fundación Vegetarianos Hoy

    Conservative Animal Welfare

    Animal Nepal

    The Humane League

    Equalia

    Mercy for Animals

    Montreal SPCA

    Alianima

    Essere Animali

    Asociación para el rescate y bienestar de los animales

    Protección Animal Ecuador

    Sibanye Trust

    A Plastic Ocean Foundation

    OceanHero.today

    Advocating Wild

    Change For Animals Foundation

    Sinergia Animal

    Nurture Imvelo

    Humane Society International

    Catholic Concern for Animals

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