Animal welfare matters. All sentient animals used for food deserve compassion, and killing should be as humane as possible.
Commercially-caught wild fish suffer slow and distressing deaths in huge numbers, estimated at
fishcount.org.uk is a website to increase understanding of fish sentience, raise awareness and promote solutions to the suffering of fishes in commercial fishing. It also aims to increase awareness of the welfare issues in fish farming.
“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but, ‘Can they suffer?’”
Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832).
Key resources on this website include:
- The report Worse things happen at sea: the welfare of wild-caught fish which:
- Provides the first detailed analysis of the fish welfare impacts of commercial fishing
- Describes the first systematic estimate of the number of fish caught
- Proposes measures to mitigate poor welfare through changes to fishing practice during capture and killing and by reducing levels of fishing for feed and food.
- Study to estimate numbers of fish caught globally each year. Download pdf here.
- Study to estimate numbers of farmed fish killed each year with discussion of the welfare issues in fish farming. Download pdf here.
- New presentation (issued August 2013). Download pdf here: The welfare of fish in commercial fishing.
Worse things happen at sea
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Extracts of the full report are now available in French