PETA left reeling at Scottish aquarium’s café menu

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Animal campaign group’s full scale attack on Deep Sea World

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2nd March 2015 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

An international animal rights campaign group has blasted a Scottish tourist hotspot for selling fish in its café.

PETA say Deep Sea World in Fife is contradicting itself by having sealife on its menu and compared the practice to a zoo serving up monkey nuggets.

In a letter to the North Queensferry based aquarium, PETA special projects manager Dawn Carr said: “Deep Sea World advertises itself as a place where people can cultivate an understanding of and admiration for sea animals.

“Yet after inviting people to look on these glorious, fascinating animals in awe, it's odd that your café then invites people to stick a fork in them.”

Carr suggested Deep Sea World, which says all its fish products are sustainably sourced, could offer visitors animal-friendly seafood options, such as fish-free fish fingers, faux-fish cakes and even vegetarian prawns and arranged for a hamper of goods to try to be sent to Fife.

After inviting people to look on these glorious, fascinating animals in awe, it's odd that your café then invites people to stick a fork in them

She added “For the individual animals who are killed and dished up at your café, the 'sustainable' label would be of no comfort, and it seems to me that the single worst way to promote the conservation of sea animals is to kill and eat them…We all know that fish farms and fishing fleets kill animals for their flesh… but people don't expect aquariums to profit from killing sea animals."

A spokesman for Deep Sea World described some of PETA’s points as a “little bit strange” but added: “All our fish products are sustainably sourced and caught under the Marine Stewardship Council Licence.

“We have never advocated people not to eat fish, however we do believe supplying only sustainably sourced fish products in our restaurants and cafes is an ethical approach."