Wenn Fische schreien könnten

PRINCETON – Als Kind nahm mich mein Vater immer zu Spaziergängen entlang eines Flusses oder zum Strand mit. Wir kamen an Anglern vorbei, die ihre Angelschnüre einzogen, an deren Enden zappelnde Fische hingen. Einmal sah ich einen Mann, wie er einen kleinen, noch lebenden Fisch aus einem Eimer holte und ihn als Köder am Angelhaken aufspießte.  .

Ein anderes Mal, als wir an einem beschaulichen Flüsschen entlang spazierten, sah ich einen Mann, der dasaß und, offensichtlich zufrieden mit sich und der Welt, seine Angel beobachtete, während neben ihm Fische, die er schon gefangen hatte, hilflos an der Luft zappelten. Mein Vater sagte zu mir, dass er nicht verstehe, wie jemand den Nachmittag genussvoll damit verbringen könnte, Fische aus dem Wasser zu holen und sie langsam sterben zu lassen.

Diese Kindheitserinnerungen wurden wach, als ich auf fishcount.org.uk den bahnbrechenden Bericht Worse things happen at sea: the welfare of wild-caught fish über das Leiden der Tiere im Fischfanglas. In den meisten Teilen der Welt wird akzeptiert, dass man Tiere zur Nahrungsproduktion so töten soll, dass sie nicht leiden. Regelungen für die Schlachtung sehen vor, dass die Tiere vorher betäubt werden, dass der Tod sofort oder, im Falle ritueller Schlachtungen, so unmittelbar einzutreten hat, wie es die religiösen Vorschriften erlauben.

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