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Fish memorial proposed for hundreds of bass killed in traffic accident

peta fish memorial

PETA is asking for a California roadside memorial sign to be erected in honor of the 1600 pounds of saltwater bass that died on a SoCal roadway earlier this month. A truck carrying the live fish to market was involved in three-way crash in Irvine on Oct. 11.

The O.C. Register reports on the proposed sign and a letter from PETA about how fish feel pain:

The sign would read, "In memory of hundreds of fish who suffered and died at this spot," to remind tractor-trailer drivers of their responsibility to the animals who are "hauled to their deaths every day." 

"Research tells us that fish use tools, tell time, sing, and have impressive long-term memories and complex social structures, yet fish used for food are routinely crushed, impaled, cut open, and gutted, all while still conscious," the letter continued.


Something fishy going on with the sushi labeling in LA


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Today's special: sucker fish.

A new study released by Oceana, an environmental advocacy group, points to a large-scale, widespread mislabeling of seafood in the Los Angeles area, and suggests that fish fanatics are not feasting on the food they think they are.

Seafood samples were collected from LA and OC grocery stores, restaurants and sushi joints in May and December. More than half of the 119 items DNA tested by Oceana were found to be mislabeled under federal law, the report showed. Of the sushi samples studied, almost nine out of 10 were labeled wrong.

The reports shows cheaper fish being passed off as pricier fish, and fish with health warnings being sold under a different name. Oh snap(per).

Eight of nine sushi samples posing as white tuna were actually escolar -- a snake mackerel with an FDA health warning -- and all of the 34 samples of snapper were labeled incorrectly, with consumers actually purchasing anything from tilapia to pollock to rockfish, says the report.