I may not agree with everything (anything) PETA does, says or stands for. However, I think they may be on to something. They believe that fish have a P.R. problem, and that's why we eat them.
People don't seem to like fish. They're slithery and slimy, and they have eyes on either side of their pointy little heads—which is weird, to say the least. Plus, the small ones nibble at your feet when you're swimming, and the big ones—well, the big ones will bite your face off if Jaws is anything to go by.
They're slithery and slimy? They have eyes on either side of their pointy little heads? I thought you were talking about Congress for a second there. Sorry. Back to the article...
When your name can also be used as a verb that means driving a hook through your head, it's time for a serious image makeover. And who could possibly want to put a hook through a sea kitten?
So they propose to rename "Fish" to "Sea Kittens". I guess the point they are trying to make is, who could possibly eat a Sea Kitten without suffering guilt?
ANSWER: Me. In fact, a big and juicy blackened Sea Kitten flank steak sounds more delish than, say, Tuna (who already realized their image problem long ago, and legally changed their name to "chicken of the sea").
So I am all for this name change. No more ordering White Fish, Cod, Trout or Perch in a restaurant. Instead, make it the Siamese, Persian, Bombay or Bengal catch of the day. Or the old standby of plain ol' Sea Kittens and chips.
Further, I propose a name change for PETA, since, their critics have been misstating this acronym as "People Eating Tasty Animals" for years now. What should we call PETA? How about "FISH", as it will be open for business again? From here on PETA will be known as FISH. After all, who better to have a name synonomous with a verb that means driving a hook through your head than these folks?
When I visited the site, I made the mistake of playing their interactive game called "Create Your Own Sea Kitten". Pictured is my "creation", which is a Trout with lipstick and mustache, wearing a princess dress and Tiara. Obviously, I have named my Sea Kitten "Barney Frank".
What's in your Sea Kitten aquarium bowl?
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