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June 16, 2021
Moira Collie 202-483-7382
Angels – Out of concern for Ariel’s friends under the seaPETA sent Disney an email today asking that the little Mermaid leave the fish off the hook This summer, the cast and crew on the Sardinia set will only be offered vegan food. The group notes that the star of the film isHolly Bailey how Ariel is already a vegetarian, and that fish-free meals benefit the planet, not to mention keep animals from violent death.
“Ariel would recoil in horror at the thought of eating her pelagic buddies – and the 1989 film even includes a scene in which Sebastian the crab runs away from the ruthless chef,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA’s message to Disney is simple: fish are our friends, not snacks.”
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PETA’s letter to Disney follows.
Walt Disney Studios Movies
Dear Mr. Bailey:
Disney the little Mermaid got it right in 1989: Pisces are intelligent, emotionally complex and playful, and they experience pain just like we do. I am writing on behalf of the many Disney fans at PETA and animal advocates around the world to ask for the live production to be completely flounder friendly, providing only delicious vegan fish-free food for the cast and crew.
Vegetarianism is the easiest and most effective way to protect animals and our planet – just ask actors Halle Bailey, vegan and marine life enthusiast Javier Bardem.
Fishing takes sea animals out of the bubble life and makes them “unhappy souls”. Up to 5 million fish are caught and killed every minute – far more than any other industry – with over 700,000 tonnes of equipment dumped annually from fishing vessels into our oceans. And fish aren’t the only victims – the indiscriminate industry catches, drowns and maims countless turtles, dolphins, whales, seals and birds that are callously perceived as “by-catch.” At the current rate of human development, we could see oceans without fish in our lifetime, but your film can help us change course.
With wholesome, plant-based and easy-to-consume taste buds of every marine animal available, there is no need to sacrifice taste or life. As you know, Sebastian reminded Ariel that “[u]into the sea, we’re off the hook, ”and a remake of the live film the little Mermaid this is a great opportunity to make him and all the animals proud by offering only vegan handicraft services.
Thank you for considering this life-saving suggestion.
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