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BrendaL-20 says "Fish are Fish—Not Freaking 'Sea Kittens'"
by BrendaL-20, 29 January 2009

I’m not the biggest fan of fish. I find them irrationally terrifying.

I'm not the biggest fan of PETA, either. I find them legitimately terrifying.

Terrifyingly insane, that is.

Disregarding their unorthodox activism and their tendency to throw paint and flour on people wearing fur, I am going to have to say that PETA's Sea Kittens campaign just about the takes the cake in inane endeavors.

Of course, let me get this straight first: I have nothing against people who choose not to eat meat. I respect that. More power to you, I guess. What I am against is useless campaigns that make a joke out of what otherwise would have been a credible and serious debate.

But alas, credible and serious do not a sea kitten make.

According to PETA campaign coordinator, Ashley Byrne, “PETA thought that by renaming fish "sea kittens", compassionate people who would never dream of hurting a dog or a cat might extend that sympathy to fish, or "sea kittens”. Byrne also stated that rebranding fish as "sea kittens" was “obvious”.

I'm sorry, but I must have missed that memo. Since when did semantics—as opposed to logic or reason—become the weapon of choice in what would otherwise be a worthy debate?

The genius's at PETA must have been really burning the midnight oil to come up with the "Sea Kittens" concept. I can see them now: “Dude! So if we like, started saying ‘sea kitten’ instead of ‘fish’, people would totally think that fish were cute — just like real kittens. And like, no one would eat them anymore! Because like, people wouldn’t hurt an animal with a cute name!”

To be quite honest, my friends, unless people start referring to fish as "Sacks of Poop", I will probably still continue to buy salmon.

READ TO THE BOTTOM PLEASE... for a shocking video about some of PETA's actions and activism!

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