Don’t ask. Don’t tell!
Then, there’s this notion that somehow fish are healthy to eat and “sustainable.” Anyone checked out what’s happening with “fish farms” lately? It’s really gross, not to mention cruel, not quite the happy farm-ville we imagine. And don’t you just love mercury and all the other waste/crap that floats down to sea creatures and ends up in our bodies?
Meanwhile, our ever-vigilant lawmakers are doing their part too, this time sucking up to the genetically-engineered salmon interests, further endangering our natural oceans. Once these “new” fish (which are likely just the first) are given the final green light, which is imminent, we won’t even know what’s genetically-engineered or not (no labeling allowed). The fish profiteers say growth hormone is fine to eat. The reality is, maybe yes, maybe no since there’s very little study. Even if it’s “fine,” it also doesn’t answer the nagging issue of what happens when these little science experiments escape and mate in the wild – they can and will just like their bio-engineered plant friends have. Who needs fish anyway, right?
|His cuts don’t hurt|
Finally, we definitely get the sense that some people really think that fish are different than other creatures – so that some self-proclaimed “vegetarians” actually convince themselves fish don’t count. Talk about willful ignorance, as Jonathan Safran Foer put it. Maybe they rationalize that fish don’t feel pain, or are healthy to eat, or are otherwise different than furry or feathered creatures. We’re not here to judge — and we enjoyed plenty of bagels and lox in our past — but let’s not kid ourselves.
If we want a world with diverse creatures, including fish, we have to take responsibility and vote with our forks. Certainly, we can’t trust commercial and political interests to do it otherwise. We’ll betcha all the fish in the sea on that one.