Let’s talk about fish. Fish are the most consumed food animal, the most numerous pet animal, and are second only to mice in numbers used for scientific research. Yet fish welfare and treatment are the least talked about both in the public sphere and the smaller animal rescue world.
Hi r/vegan! I run Friends of Philip Fish Rescue, a small operation for fish and aquatic animals. My goal is to rescue and provide sanctuary for fish and aquatic animals, and to share their stories to help people better relate to them. I am located in the Northern SF Bay Area, and am in the early stages of becoming a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
All too often, even in the vegan world, fish are passed over. Vegans don't eat them because we know they're animals with the capacity to suffer, but other than that we don't hear or think about fish nearly as much as the other farmed animals. I hope to help broaden the rescue conversation to include fish, the "forgotten food animal," and to help foster the connection between people and aquatic life through sharing the stories and vibrant personalities of my rescue fish.
I've been vegan for almost five years, involved in animal rescue for three, and have been rescuing fish for a year and a half. In that time, I've rescued over 50 fish, and setup 20+ aquariums. I just recently created social media for my rescue to help find good homes for fish and spread awareness and information.
My organization is still in its infancy, but I've seen an overwhelmingly positive response in my current animal rescue network! I'd love to answer any questions about fish keeping or rescue that you guys have and try to encourage more people to get involved in this side of rescue. I hope to continue posting here as my rescue grows, and to use your feedback and questions to be as effective as possible!
Resources to learn more:
Fish Intelligence, Sentience and Ethics; Culum Brown, Macquarie University – source for title statement
Friends of Philip social media: