Cruelty to Human and Nonhuman Animals in the Wild-Caught Fishing Industry

17 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2018

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Kathy Hessler

Lewis & Clark Law School

Becky Jenkins

Lewis & Clark College - Aquatic Animal Law Initiative

Kelly Levenda

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Date Written: October 30, 2017

Abstract

The welfare of animals killed for our consumption, and the treatment of agricultural workers involved in this industry, are pressing ethical issues not sufficiently discussed in the context of the fishing industry. While concerns about the welfare of terrestrial farmed animals gain some prominence in discussions about sustainability and food policy, concern for the welfare of fish killed for food lags far behind. This lack of concern for their welfare is in spite of considerable scientific evidence showing that fish experience pain, fear, and suffering. The fishing industry also has grave impacts on humans, which include health and safety issues, labor law violations, and even human rights abuses such as human trafficking, child labor, and slavery. Incorporating these less publicized concerns into our conversations about fishing is necessary in order to improve law, policy, and consumer awareness in this area.

Keywords: Animal Welfare, Fishing, Fishing Industry, Labor Rights

Suggested Citation

Hessler, Kathy and Jenkins, Becky and Levenda, Kelly, Cruelty to Human and Nonhuman Animals in the Wild-Caught Fishing Industry (October 30, 2017). Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3113864

Kathy Hessler (Contact Author)

Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )

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Becky Jenkins

Lewis & Clark College - Aquatic Animal Law Initiative ( email )

10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States

Kelly Levenda

Animal Legal Defense Fund ( email )

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