Fish: The Silent Victims

The cries of abused animals result in sympathy and outrage, but fish are often overlooked as they can’t cry out in pain. However, fish can experience fear, pain and stress even though they are silent in their suffering.


From the wild:

When fish are pulled up by nets, many are crushed to death. Others suffer from burst eyes or swim bladders because of a sudden change in pressure as the nets are brought up to the water’s surface. The remaining fish will die a slow death from suffocation eventually. Many non-target animals are also caught accidentally in fishing nets including sea turtles, sharks and dolphins. They are discarded overboard and may suffer injuries or even die.

In addition, overfishing destroys the stability of marine environments. Scientists predict that current fishing rates could cause our oceans to be in a state of collapse by 2050.


From factory farms:

Fish are often raised in overcrowded factory farms filled with disease. These conditions cause stress and depression, pushing some fish to have stunted growth and float lifelessly on the surface. In response to disease, rather than giving them more space, the fish are often given antibiotics. This contributes to antibiotic resistance. Farmed fish also need to eat wild caught fish, which involves using more than what is produced.


In addition, fish can also be bad for your health. Fish can be contaminated with mercury, especially those higher up the food chain such as certain types of tuna.


Fortunately there are a growing selection of alternatives that are not only kinder to fish, but also better for the environment and your health:

  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Smashed chickpea salad (can replace tuna)
  • Mock fish including: Quorn ‘Fish free fingers’, Gardein ‘Golden fishless filet’, Vegie delights ‘Thai chilli & lime cakes’

And good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds and seaweed. As a supplement flaxseed oil is a good alternative to fish oil.


Meat Industry that Mistreats


Imagine being born just to be killed for meat. Every day suffering in a tiny and dirty metal cage, miserably knowing that one day you will be free of this life, but only after the horror of slaughter. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many farmed animals.

Amongst these farmed animals, chickens and pigs are some of the most abused.



Farming systems include factory farmed, RSPCA approved, FREPA certified, free range and certified organic. Overcrowded factory farms are the worst farming system, with many chicks dying from heart failure before they are even 6 weeks old.

However, despite the farming condition:

-Day old chicks deemed ‘unviable’ are ground up alive or gassed to death

-All are bred to grow unnaturally fast so that their legs can barely support their weight

-All are killed as chicks at around 6 weeks old when their natural lifespan is up to 8 years. They are electrocuted before their throat is cut



-94% of meat from pigs comes from those confined in factory farms

-Piglets have their tails cut off and their teeth cut, all without pain relief

-They are transported to slaughter from as young as 4 months old, when their natural average lifespan is 10 years

-Even pigs from free range and organic farms are killed in the same slaughterhouses as those raised in factory farms


Besides, decreasing or replacing meat with plant-based alternatives decreases the risk of many major diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. It also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol (which is only found in animal products).


We can help reduce this cruelty to animals by choosing from a wide variety of cruelty-free alternatives including:

Mock meats

-Include burgers, schnitzels, nuggets, sausages, stir fry strips, mince and more

-Made out of soy, wheat or rice protein, legumes or vegetables

-Brands include Fry’s, Vegie Delights


Soy products



-TVP (texturized vegetable protein)




-Lentils (range of colours including red, yellow, green, brown, black)

-Chickpeas and foods made from chickpeas such as falafel & hummus (also contains sesame seeds)


-Peas (including split peas)

-Brands include Pattu (dried), McKenzie’s (dried), Edgell (canned)



-Seitan (wheat gluten)




-Portobello mushroom



-Whole peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts & their butters



-Pumpkin seeds/pepitas, sunflower seeds


An Animal Lover’s Purpose in Life

Like many of us, I grew up eating meat without considering where it came from. It was only recently that I became aware of the suffering that goes on behind animal exploitation. This led me to make the decision to devote my life to helping animals.

I realised that I not only love animals, but I also respect them. I believe that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness regardless of differences in intelligence or abilities, solely because just like us, they have emotions and can feel pain.

Through this blog, I want to inform others of the cruelty behind the meat, dairy, egg, fashion and various other industries that often involve animal cruelty. And thereby, I seek to inspire other animal lovers to lead a more compassionate lifestyle.

Just the thought that simple decisions that one makes on a daily basis can help reduce the suffering that animals go through gives me the strength to continue helping animals.