World Day for the End of Fishing

The World Day for the End of Fishing (WoDEF) is an international campaign launched by animal rights activists who demand the end of fishing practices. It takes place on the last Saturday of March every year.[1]

World Day for the End of Fishing
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Montreal activists from Le Collectif Antispéciste pour la Solidarité Animale (CASA) organized a fish count for the victims of fishing in 2019 for The World Day for the End of Fishing.
Location(s)International
Years active3
InauguratedMarch 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)

The campaign was born in Switzerland and France in 2016 and took an international turn in 2017. It was first launched by the association Pour L'Égalité Animale (PEA).[1]

EventsEdit

Over the years and around the world lots of actions were organized for the WoDEF: street protests, sit-ins, screenings, conferences, fish counts, workshops, exhibitions, etc. in order to bring awareness to fish pain, sentience and fish intelligence.

In 2017, for its first edition, the event occurred in many cities around the world: in Lorient,[2] Paris, Valence, Lyon, Lille, Montpellier, Saint Malo, Rennes (France), Geneva,[3] Lausanne (Swiss), Brussels, Namur, Charleroi (Belgium), Montreal, Toronto (Canada),[4] Stuttgart, Vogelsberg, Siegen, Hannover, Göttingen, Hamburg, Berlin (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal), Tel Aviv, Haifa (Israel), Melbourne (Australia), San Diego and Monterey Bay (United States).[5]

In 2018, for its second edition, the event occurred once again internationally: in Canada, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Peru, Sweden, United States, Germany, Japan, Brazil, France, Denmark, Mexico, United Kingdom and Panama.[6] In the same year, an open letter signed by dozens of philosophers and scientists, including Stevan Harnard, Peter Singer, Valéry Giroux, Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka and Élise Desaulniers, was published in Le Nouveau Magazine Littéraire in order to highlight the WoDEF.[7]

In 2019, for its third edition, activists from 269 Life France pierced their cheeks with fish hooks in a street protest for the WoDEF.[8]

DemandsEdit

The organizers of the Word Day for the End of Fishing demand the abolition of all kinds of fishing practices for fish, crustaceans and cephalopods: the end of aquaculture, industrial or wild fishing, the use of marine animals as domestic pets, in scientific experiments and for entertainment, in antispeciesist perspective.[9]

Protesters affirm that fish can feel pain and that it is unnecessary to consume them.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The World Day and the 'Another Perspective on Fish' campaign". WoDEF - World Day for the End of Fishing. 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  2. ^ "Vegan. La souffrance des poissons dénoncée". Le Telegramme (in French). 2017-04-03. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  3. ^ "Une journée pour sensibiliser au carnage mondial des poissons". RJB (in French). 2017-03-25. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  4. ^ "Aquatic animals don't belong in a 'bathtub' say Ripley's Aquarium protestors | CBC News". Archived from the original on 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  5. ^ "Succès pour la première Journée mondiale dédiée aux poissons - Association PEA - Pour l'Égalité Animale". www.asso-pea.ch. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  6. ^ "Des militants réclament la fin de la pêche". La Presse (in French). 2018-03-24. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  7. ^ "Halte au carnage des poissons". www.nouveau-magazine-litteraire.com (in French). Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  8. ^ "Activists in France pierce cheeks to mark world day to end fishing". RFI. 2019-03-30. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  9. ^ "Why should we stop fishing? - World day for the end of fishing". www.end-of-fishing.org. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  10. ^ "Aquatic animals don't belong in a 'bathtub' say Ripley's Aquarium protestors". CBC. 2017-03-25. Archived from the original on 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2020-03-29.