Fish Are Food, Not Kittens

I love National Public Radio. They always have entertaining reports.

Friday was no different.

I navigated my Web browser to their site to find the following headline: “PETA Attempts To Make Fish More Adorable.”


I was simultaneously confused and intrigued.

I listened to the online broadcast from Jan. 12 and couldn’t believe what I heard.
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, are trying to convince the masses that fish should be viewed as “sea kittens” and subsequently not eaten.

What a crock of crap!

As an 11-year-old Harmony Wayner pointed out in the story, fish aren’t intelligent and can’t feel pain, which is contrary to what PETA was saying.

“Fish not only have the same ability to feel pain as a dog or a cat, but they also communicate with one another,” PETA campaign coordinator Ashley Byrne said in the NPR piece. “The have complex social interactions. They form bonds. They express affection by gently rubbing against one another.

“Most parents would never dream of spending a weekend torturing kittens for fun with their families, but hooking a sea kitten through the mouth and dragging her through the water is the same as hooking a kitten through the mouth and dragging her behind your car.”

That is absolutely ridiculous.

A fish is a fish, not a feline.

Why did NPR even give these hippies any air play?

PETA is the dumbest organization on the planet. I’m convinced.

Chastity Haskins, 12, summed it up rather well in the NPR story.

“I don’t see fish as sea kittens,” she said. “I see them as food.”

Amen, sister.

See, PETA, even 11 and 12 year olds are smarter than you. How does that feel?

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