The animal suffering we don't talk about
It should come as no surprise that the suffering we are all too familiar with on factory farms is just as prevalent, perhaps more so, on aquatic farms.
These are the worrying practices and developments in aquatic farming which are often left out of conversations around animal welfare and the environment.
These extraordinary animals are not immune to human exploitation. Numbers are depleting, and attempts are underway to mass produce them in farms where they are kept in awful conditions.
Around 350,000 tonnes of octopuses are caught in the wild every year and served in restaurants all over the world.
Sea turtles are solitary creatures. They migrate more than 1,400 miles and can dive up to 500 feet. On farms, they are kept in shallow concrete tanks alongside hundreds of others.
World Animal Protection found evidence of the stressed turtles cannibalising one another. Biting, sickness, stress and inbreeding are common problems. Some turtles have been born without eyes.
PRAWNS & SHRIMPS
More than half of all shrimps eaten are farmed. Shrimp farming is associated with deforestation, erosion, rapid land subsidence, rising salinity levels and serious pollution.
At the heart of this industry is one extremely shocking secret: “eyestalk ablation” - the deliberate blinding of the female animals.