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The Negative Effects of Fish Consumption: Why Fish Matter

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  1. 1. The Negative Effects of Fish Consumption: Why Fish Matter As humans, we acknowledge the inherently sinful act of slaughtering another human; therefore, it should also http://www.instructables.com/id/ENQCLRJI4SCLN80/ be inherently sinful to slaughter an animal "unless there is some morally relevant difference between humans and animals" according to philosopher John Hill. This difference has been reduced to the basis of experience - scientists often look to the development of the neo cortex, responsible for thought processing and higher intelligence, to determine the ethicality of meat consumption and proper animal treatment. Animals served on the dinner plate are close, neurologically, to that of humans. In this instance, there is little difference between http://www.dailymile.com/people/brentwpeterson/entries/31579717 humans and the animals humans consume. The question now arises as to the difference between the terrestrial animal and the marine animal. An explanation for this is inherent in the location of the animals - land and sea. Humans, land creatures, are capable of relating to mammals like themselves, while they are unable to relate to a creature swimming in the ocean with gills, such as a cod. To many, the ocean is an abstract entity, an unknown abyss which houses incomprehensible obscure creatures. For this reason, a salmon or trout may not be ranked equivalently on the societal imaginary ethical scale with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina,_California cattle. As Ken Montaigne states in a National Geographic piece, "If the giant bluefin lived on land, its size, speed, and epic migrations would ensure its legendary status, with tourists flocking to photograph it in national parks. But because it lives in the sea, its majesty--comparable to that of a lion--lies largely beyond comprehension". The world has struggled to comprehend the majesty of aquatic life. An international uproar on the protection of ocean animals did not occur until the late 1960's before which society only viewed marine life as a commodity. Today, there is still a lack http://harborcentremarina.com/ of an enforced international policy regarding commercial fishing, while at the same time, there is little focus on the ethical concerns of fish consumption. The ocean constitutes 70% of the world's makeup making it an integral and necessary aspect of human survival. The barrier separating land and sea must be broken in order for society to ascertain the detrimental effects of fish consumption. .Whether willingly or forcefully, many children have been dragged along with their father for a Saturday afternoon of fishing- here they experience the pensive process of waiting and the anticipation as the rod begins to fling itself forward, bending over into the water's edge. Then finally, that moment when the floundering fish is reeled in, struggling with the hook in its mouth as it attempts to take its last breath out of water. The hook is removed and the fish continues to flail on dry land, seeking the refuge of the salt water. Slowly the life drains out of the fish, its movements become few and scattered until they end entirely. Two fingers are placed inside the gills and the fish is carried home; that same fish, just a few hours later, is served on a set of dinner plates and
  2. 2. engulfed. This could be a pescatarian - a fish consumer who does not eat meat. The reasoning behind this diet is inadequate in supporting the claim of a pescatarian diet. While fish may provide key omega 3 fatty acids, adverse health effects are plausible due to pollution and mislabeling. At the same time, environmental factors that influence land animals exist at the ocean level as well. Many species are overfished due to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Most importantly, a conclusion regarding pain perception in fish is still widely unknown. New evidence demonstrates an activation of the genes involved in higher intelligence when fish are presented with noxious stimuli. Ignorance, a lack of policy making and incomprehensibility has enabled this diet to gain popularity and has placed the value of fish on a lower level to that of terrestrial animals. The ocean covers 70% of the world and 95% of this great mass has yet to be investigated. The ocean is not an exploitable resource that can be expended for its commodities - it is an integral part of this earth that must be preserved, maintained and investigated. The consumption of fish is contributing to the detrimental effects on the millions of aquatic animals living in the wondrous sea; for this reason, a pescatarian diet lacks the integrity of a true vegetarian lifestyle. Next time that salmon, cod or lobster is placed in front of you, think twice before indulging in these soon to be rare creatures. http://alyssagoesgreen.hubpages.com/hub/The-Negative-Effects-of-Fish-Consumption

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