Horrific footage of plastic waste in a dead fish shows how polluted our oceans are and how that pollution affects wild-caught fish.
A fisherman off the coast of Costa Rica obtained the disturbing footage, which shows manmade objects, including a plastic bottle cap, a comb, and even a lighter, being pulled out of a dolphinfish’s stomach.
Plastic and other pollutants are commonly found in marine life.
Last year a study by researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium found that seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year and that dozens of particles become embedded in their tissue.
According to The Telegraph, “If current trends continue, by the end of the century people who regularly eat seafood could be consuming 780,000 pieces of plastic a year, absorbing 4,000 of them from their digestive systems.”
More than just plastic waste is killing our oceans. MIT researchers report that mercury levels in tuna are 10 million times higher than in seawater, with human activities since the Industrial Revolution to blame. And Swedish scientists recently found that rising temperatures from climate change could boost mercury levels in fish by up to seven times the current rates.
Seafood consumption is not only dangerous for humans and the environment but incredibly cruel to animals. Despite their capacity to feel pain, the seafood industry treats fish as mere objects. A Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a fish slaughter facility exposed fish being skinned alive.
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