Sea kittens

February 1st, 2009


PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are campaigning to replace the word “fish” with the phrase “sea kitten” in an effort to create better PR for sea kittens and thus improve their chances of having fishing sea-kittening banned.

Well, this is a fine kettle of sea kittens!

I’m not very familiar with their campaign, so I feel a bit like a sea kitten out of water in writing this post. I wanted to know more, so I went to their website on a sea-kittening expedition but at the risk of being considered insensitive to PETA’s ideals (a cold sea kitten, if you will), something smells sea-kitteny around here. Their logic seems to be that cuddly things should be protected for the sake of their cuddliness and if you give something a cuddly name, it becomes cuddly and therefore should be protected. This logic seems spurious. PETA have some strong arguments for the protection of certain sea kitten species and I feel they weaken those arguments when they come out with a campaign such as this. It makes it all too easy to mock PETA, like shooting sea kittens in a barrel, thus drawing attention away from any valid arguments they might have.

PETA seem to believe they can turn the whole world vegan. If so, they are living in a sea kitten bowl. My opinion doesn’t matter, of course, but my ballog is a small pond and I’m the big sea kitten in it.

Still, if PETA’s campaign does not succeed, I’m sure they will come up with something else.

Plenty more sea kittens in the sea.

A sea-kitten yesterday

A sea-kitten yesterday

11 Responses to “Sea kittens”

  1. Alan Reidon 02 Feb 2009 at

    Mmmm Filet o’ Sea Kitten hold the fries.

    You can imagine the stroky beard meeting…

  2. declanon 02 Feb 2009 at

    But if we eat less sea kittens we won’t get our omega-3’s ,then we’ll die, the sea kittens will not be over sea kittened there will be a sea kitten population explosion and they’ll run out of resources and then they’ll die too…leaving the beaches littered :-) so their land cousins can feast on their remains ..purrfect!! Rights for animals when they can pay taxes !!

  3. wychwoodon 03 Feb 2009 at

    What happens when sea kittens grow up?

    Does PETA have jurisdiction over their names then, or are they free to choose their own nomenclature?

  4. Declan Chellaron 03 Feb 2009 at

    According to the PETA website, sea kitten offspring are called “baby sea kitties”. I infer, therefore, that “sea kitten” is the term for adults.

  5. wychwoodon 03 Feb 2009 at

    So the deal is:

    Baby sea kitties=the kiddies.
    Sea kittens = adults.

    Suffering sea kittens!
    I seldom say this, because it would reveal my secret persona of Grumpy Olde Man (of which I am rather proud) but these people need a job…stat!

  6. wychwoodon 03 Feb 2009 at

    And what about all the SeaKitten scams on the Web? What does PETA propose to do about those overworked little creatures?

    I don’t think they’ve thought this through.

  7. Declan Chellaron 03 Feb 2009 at

    What SeaKitten scams?

  8. Declan (especially grumpy) O'Sullivanon 03 Feb 2009 at

    Does he mean the psea-kitten pscams?

  9. Declan Chellaron 04 Feb 2009 at

    I get it now!
    I think that’s what DOS meant by “psea-kitten pscams”. :)

  10. Declan (especially grumpy) O'Sullivanon 05 Feb 2009 at

    How would one best indicate the unspoken ‘p’ ?Though on reflection perhaps “fsea-kitten” or phsea-kitten might have been clearer. Thanks for the clarification “choice of timber” :-)

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