Kristin Hugo, Global Animal

The Black Fish conservation group is joining forces with the UK-based Fish Protection League (FPL).

The Black Fish is a European organization focused on promoting sea-life welfare, similar to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In 2010, the Black Fish cut the nets of six Taiji dolphin holding pens, hoping to free the animals inside. Unfortunately, no dolphins escaped. The Black Fish believes that it is unacceptable to keep dolphins, orca’s and other marine wildlife in captivity, given the vast areas which these animals normally inhabit, the miserable conditions under which they are often kept, and the stress that public performances put on them.

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“We are very excited to be announcing this news today,” said Wietse van der Werf, cofounder of The Black Fish. “Fish are the group of animals which are mostly overlooked in the sentience and cruelty debate. The reason this is a historical moment is that two organizations dedicated to this same principal of protecting fish, are now one. These are major issues which get relatively little attention and are difficult to gather public support for, so this new step is a big deal.” 

The Fish Protection League, formerly the Campaign for the Abolition of Angling, is the world’s first fish welfare organization. They campaign against using anglers, protest the capture and slaughter of marine mammals, and encourage people not to forget fish when considering cruelty to animals.  The Black Fish is also working on a book to be published this year combining public opinion with scientific research about fish sentience.