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Background | Source Animal Equality’s The Killing of Tuna
To: City Council of Carloforte, District of Carbonia-Iglesias, Region of Sardinia, European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and the European Parliament
Animal Equality has released an undercover investigation revealing the brutal slaughter of bluefin tunas, which takes place each year, between late May and early June, in Carloforte – a city in the district of Carbonia-Iglesias (Sardinia).
The tunas in the Mediterranean Sea are mainly caught by mobile traps, although traditional fixed traps are still used in the ‘tuna slaughter of Carloforte’. The footage reveals the different stages of the slaughter: how the frantic and panicked tunas are stacked on-top of each other, injuring themselves during the capture; and how they are violently struck with harpoons and dragged to the boats, they are then stabbed in the heart and left choking and bleeding to death.
Dr. Lorelei Wakefield veterinarian expert and Founder of University of Pennsylvania ‘Veterinary Animal Welfare Society’, has reviewed the findings and commented:
“Some fish were stabbed deeply in major arteries to bleed them out. Others were simply left to suffocate out of water. None of the tuna died quickly. They all thrashed around in a bloody mess for at least several minutes.”
We are urging the City Council of Carloforte, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCE) and the European Parliament to call for the abolition of this cruel practice immediately, and the prohibition of tuna fishing worldwide.
It is incredibly shocking for me to witness the brutality and violence inflicted on blue fin tuna during the slaughter that takes place every year in Carloforte, documented by the organisation, Animal Equality. The images reveal terrified and wounded tuna writhing in pain during capture, and tuna being brutally harpooned, dragged on board, and stabbed with a knife causing death via exsanguination.
“Tradition” and “culture” should never be associated with this unjustified cruel practice.
Several important studies have documented that fish have a clear ability to experience sensations such as pain and that their behavior is altered by the presence of noxious stimuli. Besides, to justify the brutal killing of blue fin tuna because these animals may feel less stress or pain than other animals (e.g. mammals), or because fish are less intelligent than so-called ‘higher’ animals, is morally unjustifiable.
I therefore request the competent authorities act to abolish this cruel and unjustified practice immediately, and for the international organisations to ban permanently the fishing of these animals worldwide.
See Photos HERE
Caution: Graphic Footage
how can anyone make
another being bleed,
and not recognize
of their deed:(
Karen Lyons Kalmenson