In a continuing series of hijinks, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk donned a “realistic” fish costume and lay down between two fish “props” under a banner urging people to “Try To Relate to Fish’s Fate. Try Vegan,” according to the animal liberation group’s website.
The latest stunt was in honor of International Animal Rights Day (December 10). Newkirk pleads her case that “fish are just like us in their desire to live.”
In an effort to convince the world’s fishing public to stop the abuse of our “scaly friends,” PETA’s website says the following:
“More fish are killed for food each year than all other animals combined, yet they have no legal protection from abuse. On cramped, filthy fish farms, they suffer from parasite infestations, diseases, and debilitating injuries. Fish who are dragged out of oceans in huge nets (along with unintended victims such as dolphins, turtles, seals, and other sea animals) slowly suffocate or are crushed to death. The fish who survive that process are often still conscious when their throats and stomachs are cut open.”
The website also includes a video clip with the promo, “Fish are friends, not food.”
Pretending to be something she is not is nothing new for Newkirk. In addition to dressing up as a fish, the animal rights activist has appeared as a horse when she hitched herself to a horse-drawn carriage with a bit in her mouth. She also took on the appearance of a slaughtered pig when she hung naked from a meat hook in a PETA billboard campaign.