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Aquarium Shouldn't Serve Fish, PETA Says (Nutjobs Compare Eating Fish to "Eating Poodle Burgers")
LA Times ^ | 6/28/2005 | Amanda Covarrubias

Posted on 06/28/2005 4:23:57 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

An animal rights group wants the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to gut its cafeteria menu of fish and seafood, arguing that "serving fish at an aquarium is like serving poodle burgers at a dog show."

Like Lilo in the animated "Lilo and Stitch," who refused to make a tuna sandwich for her friend, Pudge, a fish, because it would be "an abomination," the head of the Fish Empathy Project for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said serving fish at an aquarium just isn't right. "An institution with a mission that includes teaching people to respect and appreciate marine animals certainly shouldn't serve fish in its cafeteria," Karin Robertson wrote last week in a letter to Jerry Schabel, the aquarium's chairman and chief executive.

Robertson, who runs a website called fishinghurts.com, said recent studies have showed that fish are "intelligent, sensitive and interesting animals."

"Fish are far more intelligent than previously thought, and in some respects their cognitive abilities surpass those of dogs and some nonhuman primates," she wrote to Schabel. "The treatment of both commercially caught fish and fish from fish farms would warrant cruelty-to-animals charges in your state if animals we are more familiar with, like dogs and cats, were treated as badly."

Aquarium officials say they won't ban from their kitchens sustainable seafood, such as tilapia, farmed clams and wild-caught Alaskan salmon, that can be replenished through such means as fish farms. The facility said it co-sponsors a Seafood Watch program with the Monterey Bay Aquarium designed to educate the public about the types of fish that are safe to eat and those to avoid because they are endangered or are caught using methods harmful to other sea creatures.

"Like PETA, we are committed to animals and their conservation, and we appreciate that commitment," Schabel said in a statement Monday. She said some people coming to the aquarium "may want to eat seafood. Rather than eat seafood from unsustainable sources, we stand committed to offering them the alternative of eating only sustainable or environmentally friendly seafood."

The 1.25 million people who visit the aquarium each year can choose from an array of seafood dishes, including clam chowder, rainbow trout and catfish, as well as tilapia and salmon, said spokeswoman Marilyn Padilla.

Despite the aquarium's denying her request, Robertson said she will send letters to other aquariums around the country to point out what she calls the hypocrisy of their menus.

"They should be serving exclusively vegetarian food, not just for the health of their patrons but for the animals they contend to be supporting," she said Monday. "They don't sell elephant burgers at the zoo, and they shouldn't be selling fish at aquariums."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aquarium; ecoterrorists; extremists; fish; fishbait; fishboil; fishfry; fishnchips; fishsticks; miamidolphins; perchfilets; peta; poodleburger; redlobster; seafood; shoresidelunch; spearfishing; sushi; tartarsauce
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1 posted on 06/28/2005 4:23:59 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Dog stuffed with rice is a Asian delicacy.
2 posted on 06/28/2005 4:25:13 PM PDT by TXBSAFH (The pursuit if life, liberty, and higher tax revenue (amended by the supreme 5).)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I would love to send PETA to a foreign country that see no problem eating "pets".


3 posted on 06/28/2005 4:26:15 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

"...I wonder what Great Dane tastes like."


4 posted on 06/28/2005 4:26:32 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Bailiff...whack his pee-pee!")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I guess they don't realize that fish eat other fish.


5 posted on 06/28/2005 4:27:36 PM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"serving fish at an aquarium is like serving poodle burgers at a dog show."

Serving poodle-owner burgers at a dog show wouldn't offend me. I'll take two.

6 posted on 06/28/2005 4:28:11 PM PDT by Who dat?
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The only fish I empathize with is the filet of salmon cooking on my grill.


7 posted on 06/28/2005 4:28:20 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN - 3rd Bn. Fifth Marines RVN 1969)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

One of my favorite eating places is Seaworld, at their fine-dining restaurant that is at the level of the shark and large sea-going fish tank. You get to see the divers going down in their cage, some very large fish swimming by - and all this while dining on perfectly cooked grouper, mahi, etc. Works for me!


8 posted on 06/28/2005 4:29:10 PM PDT by livius
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

If only PETA would eat the dogs it leaves in dumpsters, there would be less hunger in the world.


9 posted on 06/28/2005 4:29:13 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

That's ridiculous, poodle has a much rougher texture than fish.


10 posted on 06/28/2005 4:29:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I zot trolls for fun and profit.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
PETA kills animals anyway - their credibility was gone long ago - if they ever had any....
11 posted on 06/28/2005 4:29:51 PM PDT by xcamel (Deep Red, stuck in a "bleu" state.)
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To: handy old one


There was this PETA chick on some alphabet soup network the other night...hahahahahaha. She had this shirt with the words "Only Idiots Wear Fur"...or something to that extent.

I was thinking drop her off in that little shirt near some Eskimos and let the beyotch freeze...what a fool. Send her back in time...before synthetic fabrics, to the North East U.S., etc...and let her freeze.

These people are comedy.


12 posted on 06/28/2005 4:30:37 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Soylent Green is People!")
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To: RichInOC

It's great, actually. (I know that's weak, but I couldn't resist.)


13 posted on 06/28/2005 4:31:00 PM PDT by Redman321
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Mmmmm poodle burgers


14 posted on 06/28/2005 4:31:05 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
I agree!

They should serve raw steak.

15 posted on 06/28/2005 4:32:11 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are REALLY stupid.)
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To: rhombus

Oodles and oodles of barbecued poodles.


16 posted on 06/28/2005 4:33:18 PM PDT by joshhiggins (The only good muslim is a bad muslim, and vice versa.)
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To: TXBSAFH

How disgusting! Poodles are much too stringy for decent burgers.


17 posted on 06/28/2005 4:33:56 PM PDT by LexBaird (tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: TXBSAFH

If we could only get them to serve members of PETA at Animal Rights Protests.


18 posted on 06/28/2005 4:35:39 PM PDT by kharaku (G3)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Never had a poodle burger. Wonder if they're any good?


19 posted on 06/28/2005 4:35:52 PM PDT by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: "One Wing to Rule Them all and to the Dark Side Bind Them")
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To: cripplecreek

"No poodle! No poodle for you!" :)

20 posted on 06/28/2005 4:36:29 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-G-d, PRO-LIFE..." -- FR founder Jim Robinson)
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To: rhombus

Mmmmmm, ELEPHANT burgers!


21 posted on 06/28/2005 4:36:34 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

What sort of neandertal would serve "poodle burger?" Poodle is best done as poodle chops sauteed in butter served over rice.


22 posted on 06/28/2005 4:37:21 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (Peas through superior fertilizer!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Think you can get a steak at a stock show? I'll bet you can.


23 posted on 06/28/2005 4:39:20 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
elephant soup recipe
24 posted on 06/28/2005 4:41:10 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"Did someone say poodle burgers????"
25 posted on 06/28/2005 4:43:28 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: muir_redwoods
Fish Empathy Project?

Sometimes all I can do is shake my head.

26 posted on 06/28/2005 4:44:01 PM PDT by sofaman
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27 posted on 06/28/2005 4:44:31 PM PDT by austinmark (Torture? Koran abuse? ... I'd Rather Be A Koran In Gitmo THAN A Bible in Saudi Arabia !!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Eat a PETA. Tastes just like chicken.


28 posted on 06/28/2005 4:45:37 PM PDT by Viking2002 (I'm the white Christian that Howeird Dean warned you about.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

No, it's akin to serving hamburgers at a 4-H show.


29 posted on 06/28/2005 4:47:20 PM PDT by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: RichInOC
"...I wonder what Great Dane tastes like."

A lot like chicken, I assume.

30 posted on 06/28/2005 4:49:18 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (There are 10 types of people -- those who understand binary, and those who don't.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Hey, I just took one lb of Salmon fillet and put it in a covered skillet with 12 oz. of Newcastle brown ale. I sprinkled a bit of dill weed on the fish and put it on a slow simmer.

30 minutes latter, when it looked done, I moved it to a plate and pulled off the skin and most of the gray fat underneath. Then I chilled it and just ate half. Perfect!

Send this along to any PETA members you might know. If fact maybe we should compile a Freeper cookbook for PETA.

31 posted on 06/28/2005 4:51:35 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"No poodle! No poodle for you!"

LOL!!!

Very good Kent... should be a FR classic. :)

32 posted on 06/28/2005 4:51:49 PM PDT by A message (RINOs and Democrats must be voted out of office for the safety of our nation.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
...fish are "intelligent, sensitive and interesting animals.

Only when compared to animal-rights wackos.....

33 posted on 06/28/2005 4:51:50 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
poodle burgers

LMAO, any good gourment chef knows that poodle is best served as a stew over polenta!

34 posted on 06/28/2005 4:53:46 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (If you're not part of the solution, YOU ARE the problem.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

No pictures of Pam??? What is her opinon about this, LMAO!!!


35 posted on 06/28/2005 4:54:29 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (If you're not part of the solution, YOU ARE the problem.)
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To: TXBSAFH

MMMMM, dog stuffed with rice, yummy!


36 posted on 06/28/2005 4:55:05 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (If you're not part of the solution, YOU ARE the problem.)
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To: RichInOC

Great tagline!!!!

P.S. I believe Great Dane tastes like chicken!


37 posted on 06/28/2005 4:55:51 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (If you're not part of the solution, YOU ARE the problem.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; dighton; aculeus; Lijahsbubbe

Mmmmm, poodle...

38 posted on 06/28/2005 4:57:17 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: T Minus Four

MMMMM, elephant soup, tastes just like chicken noodle, think I'll whip up a batch!!! How 'bout grilled elephant, great for 4th of July celebrations!


39 posted on 06/28/2005 4:58:26 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (If you're not part of the solution, YOU ARE the problem.)
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To: rockabyebaby

Don't forget that tasty dish Poodle Parmasian.


40 posted on 06/28/2005 5:08:27 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: JimC214

OMG I forgot all about poodle parmesian!!! mmm mmmm mmmm! It's what's for dinner (maybe tomorrow nite!!) LOL


41 posted on 06/28/2005 5:14:03 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (What do you like best about your life?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"They should be serving exclusively vegetarian food, not just for the health of their patrons but for the animals they contend to be supporting," she said Monday. "They don't sell elephant burgers at the zoo, and they shouldn't be selling fish at aquariums."

No, but they do serve chicken, beef, pork etc at the same zoos where they show chickens, cows, pigs.

And, in the same way, the aquariums I've been to don't serve EVERYTHING in the exhibits: no shark (usually), no manta rays, and, despite my pleading, no penguin-ka-bob.

And, on a serious note, I think one of the strongest arguments FOR protection and preservation of various species is that if they go extinct, we'll never again be able to enjoy the taste sensation they provide. If spotted owls tasted better than turkey in gravy, we'd have farms of them all over the place.

42 posted on 06/28/2005 5:24:59 PM PDT by bobhoskins (Jellyfishing!)
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To: bobhoskins

And what do they serve to the sharks at this aquarium?


43 posted on 06/28/2005 5:26:21 PM PDT by bobhoskins (Tofu?)
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To: bobhoskins
And what do they serve to the sharks at this aquarium?

:)

44 posted on 06/28/2005 5:28:41 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-G-d, PRO-LIFE..." -- FR founder Jim Robinson)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I wounder if the fish screams for PETA when the shark eats him. Maybe we should feed PETA to the sharks. Since they are pretty hungry.


45 posted on 06/28/2005 6:13:37 PM PDT by Little_shoe ("For Sailor MEN in Battle fair since fighting days of old have earned the right.to the blue and gold)
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To: RichInOC
"...I wonder what Great Dane tastes like."

You know, with a little pepper...

46 posted on 06/28/2005 7:03:23 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: in hoc signo vinces
"Only Idiots Wear Fur"


I'd back her up if the shirt said, "Only Idiots Wear Fish".
47 posted on 06/28/2005 7:08:25 PM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
So, the Petafiles are at it again...

These people are fascists.
48 posted on 06/28/2005 7:10:43 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Lots of Africans love to get the elephants, or they used to when the Brits still ruled, that hunters shot. It was the only source of protein available for many tribes.


49 posted on 06/28/2005 7:47:59 PM PDT by calex59
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They have to do something with the slow learners.
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50 posted on 06/28/2005 8:04:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Canada is the answer to a question that nobody bothered to ask." --Stand W)
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