Tag Archives: fish

Ending slavery in the seafood industry

Thai fishing boat with peopleSlavery has been a well-documented human rights disaster in several world fishing regions for years. We wrote about this problem a few years back when reports began to surface in 2014 that seafood harvested or processed by forced labor was making it into the supply chains of major U.S. retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and restaurants like Red Lobster. For U.S. retailers and seafood importers, avoiding slavery in the fish supply chain has proved exceedingly difficult. Fishing occurs far from shore, often out of sight, while exploitation and abuse on vessels stem from very complex social and economic situations. Read more

Fish have feelings too!

Fish in netWhile many people accept the fact that farm animals such as cows can suffer and feel pain, they don’t seem to understand that the same is true of fish. The Veterinary Merck Manual, perhaps the most standard reference in animal science and veterinary practice, states, “Based on what is known to date, all vertebrates, and some invertebrates, experience pain in response to actual or potential tissue damage.” Scientists have recently found pain receptors in fish, leaving little doubt that they do, in fact, feel pain. That means that fish such as tuna and salmon can feel pain just as farm animals do. Read more

Don’t Take the Bait on Fish

Key Facts

Per cent of fat saturated: Salmon – 25%, Flax – 9%

Cholesterol: Salmon – 52mg, Flax – none

Mercury: Tuna 360 ppt, Flax – none

Per cent of fat as Omega-3: Salmon – 20%, Flax – 57%

There’s been talk in the popular media that somehow fish is the best choice for health. Well, I wouldn’t take the bait on that one. Read more