Sea piracy manufacturer calls for Biden to close fish factories
This week filmmaker Kip Anderson, producer of the marine protection film Sea piracyIngrid Newkirk, president of the animal rights group Humans for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), sent a joint letter to President Joe Biden. In the letter, Anderson and Newkirk called for President Biden to repeal Executive Order 13921, which allows the proliferation of offshore fish factories, which are not only cruciform fish but also pollute marine wildlife and the oceans. Trump-era regulation also limits the environmental review of developing these aquaculture farms and burdens taxpayers with determining the locations where these farms can be built.
“In issuing and implementing Executive Order 13921, the Trump administration made it clear that it was designed to ease the burden on commercial fishing operations, and it undeniably shifts the cost of planning such operations to taxpayers while reducing the regulatory scrutiny of the proposed projects the far-reaching damage to fish and the marine environment, ”the letter said. “Your administration has already taken many steps to maintain, suspend, or reverse decisions by the Trump administration that endanger wildlife and the environment. We commend you for these efforts and urge you to repeal Executive Order 13921 to end this harmful policy to protect myriad fish, other marine animals, including birds, the fragile marine environment and possibly even human health from significant harm . ”
While many consumers are aware that animals such as chickens, pigs and cows are raised on factory farms to meet global demand for meat, the knowledge that fish – which feel pain like other animals – are also less common on factory farms. In the letter, Anderson and Newkirk point out some of the damage fish factories are causing.
Fish are crowded together in unsafe conditions that encourage the spread of parasites and disease among themselves and to wild fish populations living just outside the aquaculture farms. Fish are also unnaturally fed, injured from stress and often die from suffocation, as there are no “humane” federal slaughter laws protecting fish. Farmed fish escaping into the wild fish population – a common occurrence that often results in the release of thousands of fish – are problematic in many ways, including disease spread and food competition with native species. In addition to displacing and destroying wild habitats and feeding areas, farmed fish are treated with antibiotics, which, along with excess metals and supplements used in fish feed, end up in the oceans and disrupt fragile marine ecosystems.
For these and countless other reasons, Anderson and Newkirk are calling for the Biden overthrow of Executive Order 13921.
The Sea piracy Move
Sea piracy– which premiered on Netflix in March – reveals the harmful effects of the global fishing industry on the world’s oceans, as well as corruption such as faulty certifications for sustainable fish and slave labor in the shrimp industry. Similar to Anderson’s previous films Cow piracy and As for healthThe documentary became a top 10 film on the streaming platform in 40 countries.
Sea piracy creates lasting effects around the world, including in Hong Kong, where grocery store Slowood is currently relocating its remaining fish products to become more sustainable. Companies are also developing new vegan seafood products to meet new demand for fish-free foods, including Dutch brand Schouten, which recently launched new vegan fish fingers.
The Sea piracy The team also carries on the film’s strong message through various initiatives. In addition to President Biden’s demand to close environmentally harmful fish factories, the Sea piracy The team is calling on the government to designate and enforce no-catch marine zones in 30 percent of U.S. waters. Currently, only three percent of the waters are designated as fishing areas, even though 75 percent of the American fish population is overfished.
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