Things That Kids Can Do To Help
Most people dont realize that fish feel pain. They
have very sensitive nerve endings around their mouths. Think how it must feel to
have a hook slice through your mouth and then you get hauled up by that hook and kept out
of water where you slowly suffocate. Fish often get hooked in their eyes and it is
very hard for them to get unhooked. Sometimes fishermen catch them and release them
after they are badly hurt. This is very cruel.
If someone asks you to go fishing, tell them that fishes have
feelings and deserve to live just like anyone else.
Organize litter patrols along beaches, streams and lakes to
clean up fishing line and other dangerous litter left by people who fish. Be very careful
though to watch out for hooks they hurt! Put up signs reading "Please no
not leave fishing line here."
If your school carnival or fair has
contests that give free goldfishes as prizes, organize a group of students to complain to
the principal. Explain that a frightened, lonely goldfish is no prize and suggest plush
animal toys or other prizes instead.
Dont buy tropical fishes or other animals. Fishes
belong in open waters, so they must be very frustrated and bored when kept in bowls and
tanks. If we stop buying fishes, people will stop catching them and selling them.
Dont eat fishes. Its not good for you or them.
Because of water pollution, fish flesh can be full of mercury and other chemicals
that can make people sick.