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Fish memorial proposed for hundreds of bass killed in traffic accident

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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.

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Bob Barker came on down to Echo Park for PETA headquarters opening

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Dec. 13, 2011: Retired game show host Bob Barker holds his 8-year-old rabbit Mr. Rabbit at his home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Don't forget to spay or neuter your hipsters!, a certain type of cynical person might say about the reception for PETA's West Coast headquarters in Echo Park, and the Bob Barker appearance therein. Ironyception.

It is the case, however, that the longtime animal-advocate Bob Barker did come on down Thursday night for the red-carpet, grand opening event, the Eastsider LA recounts.

Nearby restaurants Mohawk Bend, Elf, and Sage Organic Vegan provided food, local celebrities walked the red carpet, and Barker -- whose $2.5 million donation helped convert the former Art Deco-style auto showroom on Sunset Boulevard into the eco/pet-friendly hub -- held court on a swanky rooftop wood deck." Welcome to Echo Park, circa 2012," the Eastsider LA aptly notes.

The new offices are bringing in 60 jobs, and will house a number of PETA's campaign, outreach and media departments.

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SeaWorld thinks PETA's plea to free the whales is fishy

Baby Killer Whale Born At SeaWorld San Diego

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A mother and baby orcas, also called killer whales, swim at Sea World in San Diego.

It's nice when sea life can work together. Exhibit A: Killer whales with shark lawyers.

The attorneys for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are set to face a federal judge on Monday in San Diego on behalf of five orcas at SeaWorld that the animal-rights group wants released on antislavery grounds.

Representation for Tilikum, Katina, Kasatka, Ulises and Corky believe the SeaWorld San Diego orcas, "should be covered by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that bans slavery and involuntary servitude," explains the L.A. Times.

SeaWorld officials call the allegations "baseless," notes KCET, and want the court to dismiss the lawsuit, filed last October, as a publicity stunt.

 

"I went to the killer whale, I said, 'killer whale please...what do you do when your true love leaves?'" - M. Ward

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