Summer is in its full force so I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a few tips on how to help sea animals that are exploited more than any other animal on this planet.
Fish are quiet and so we pretend that they are not suffering or that they cannot feel the pain the way other animals do. It’s easy to look away when it comes to tiny crabs and little fish that are smaller than our thumb, but the truth is, that they matter and we have to do something to protect them.
- You can start by not eating sea animals. I know you knew I was going to say that, and to be honest, that’s the biggest thing we can do for any animal. Most of us care about the sharks and we sign petitions urging Asian restaurants to boycott serving shark fins, but we forget to look at our plate. On our plate, you can find all kinds of fish that are equally interesting as sharks and even though they are not the main stars of a horror movie, they still deserve to be left off our plates.
- Stop fishing. My dad used to fish; they would catch the fish and throw her back in the water. It was awful because no one would do that to a human (except psychopaths and sociopaths). Of course, he stopped fishing when he went vegan, but people still do this all the time and no one stops and asks themselves what if they are wrong for doing it. Stop harming animals for fuck’s sake! How awful of a human must one be to harm someone that is so pure and innocent that they cannot even scream to show how much pain they are in?
- Use less plastic. Plastic that humans use ends up in the oceans and kills millions of animals each year. Here are two horrible facts that I have found on the website Conserve Energy Future: approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash per year enters the ocean, and over one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution every year.
You can use less plastic if you decide to. Stop buying plastic bags at the store, and buy a glass bottle for water that you can carry around with you. If you have a picnic, don’t serve people plastic plates, cups, knives, and forks. Start recycling and reducing the amount of plastic you buy each week. Do not use glitter, which is just tiny plastic and ends up in the bodies of innocent fish.
We can all do something for sea animals; and the oceans for that matter. We are in this together and if we wait for someone else to take care of it and do something about it, we will wait forever. When you want to change the world, you don’t wait for others, you get up and lead.
Be a leader and inspire others to follow you.
I know you are scared, but today we can’t afford to be scared anymore. We can’t afford to be afraid of what others will think of us and we can’t let our small minds control our behaviour.
We must get up and do something. Anything.