FishKIND!: Will Native City Show PETA’s Fish Empathy Quilt?


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December 8, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

Fishkill, N.Y. – At the moment, PETA despatched a letter to the mayor of Fishkill, Kathleen Martin, providing to donate the group’s first-of-its-kind Fish Empathy Quilt for town to show with a purpose to counteract its violent title and promote friendliness to fish as an alternative. PETA’s quilt has made a splash nationwide, together with throughout a monthlong keep at Eureka Metropolis Corridor in California—and if Fishkill agrees to be the quilt’s subsequent cease, PETA will organize for a supply of scrumptious fish-free meals and an look from its crowd-pleasing Tiffany Tuna mascot on the festive unveiling occasion.

PETA's fish empathy Quilt

Panels from PETA’s Fish Empathy Quilt. Credit score: PETA

“Fish are sensible, empathetic, and playful beings who deserve the identical consideration and care as people, canine, and each different animal,” says PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes Fishkill will champion this quilt, pay tribute to the billions of aquatic animals killed every year within the fishing business, and tip the scales towards humane vegan meals.”

The Fish Empathy Quilt measures greater than 300 sq. toes and consists of greater than 100 distinctive, handcrafted squares from PETA members and supporters, together with cartoonist Harry Bliss and oceanographic explorer and movie producer Jean-Michel Cousteau.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to, take heed to The PETA Podcast, or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Martin follows.

December 8, 2023

The Honorable Kathleen Martin

Mayor of Fishkill

Expensive Mayor Martin:

I’m writing on behalf of Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals—PETA entities have greater than 9 million members and supporters worldwide—with a suggestion that may present everybody that Fishkill is fish-pleasant. We do notice that “kill” there means “creek” or “stream” and all the time did, however that’s not the way in which the general public perceives the title, after all, as we identified again in 2005 after we requested your predecessor to vary the city’s title to Fishsave. That concept sank like a lead weight, however now we now have a brand new idea that we hope you’ll reely embrace. We’d like to mortgage a thought-provoking and traditionally important merchandise to show on the Workplace of the Village Clerk or elsewhere within the metropolis: the world’s first and solely Fish Empathy Quilt. It has been effectively obtained and has made fairly a splash in cities from California to Alaska. So, can its subsequent cease be in Fishkill?

The quilt is a vibrant, inventive depiction of compassion for fish and different marine life. It options greater than 100 distinctive squares contributed by people from across the nation. Collectively, they’ve created an paintings that continues to develop as folks’s sensitivity to the plight of animals will increase. It consists of six sections of various dimensions, which might be displayed individually or clipped collectively as one massive quilt (over 300 sq. toes).

Ever extra individuals are involved lately concerning the unsustainable world fishing business. Due to this elevated consciousness, the marketplace for vegan seafood is projected to achieve $1.6 billion within the subsequent 10 years. An ocean of proof demonstrates that fish endure enormously after they’re dragged from their properties in nets or impaled with metallic hooks. Identical to canine and cats, fish have particular person personalities. They impart with one another, present affection by gently rubbing towards each other, and are extraordinarily resourceful and clever. An increasing number of individuals are realizing that fish need to be handled with kindness. PETA’s Fish Empathy Quilt superbly displays this consciousness.

In November, three of the quilt’s panels have been exhibited outdoors the Council Chambers at Eureka Metropolis Corridor in California. Fishkill can be the quilt’s excellent subsequent cease! We’d be completely happy to supply scrumptious fish-free meals and even a go to from our mascot Tiffany Tuna, who might hand out free coloring books and crayons to kids on the unveiling or launch. I stay up for listening to from you quickly. Thanks on your consideration.

Very really yours,

Ingrid Newkirk


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