Tired of those boring fish in the lake and that bland fried fillet you had at the local fast food restaurant? Well come on down to China and combine the two! Get the fun of torturing a live fish with the satisfaction of getting to eat it at the same time!
Sarcastic venting aside, a video has been circulating Youtube depicting a fish that was fried alive. The fish remains living for a few minutes after it is put on the plate. In the background you can hear the people at the table giggling as they poke the fish that is desperately gasping for air (or asking for someone to put it out of its misery?).
Reactions from readers of PerezHilton.com show disgust from across the board. One reader states, “I’m not PETA advocate but that is just f**king messed up and sad.” Even a longtime angler has blogged about how repulsive the video is, made all the more abhorrent by the giggling diners. The last time I checked the original video had over 600,000 hits but it was flagged by Youtube users to protect younger viewers from seeing the sadistic display of cruelty.
China a country rich in culture and history, has reached a new low in terms of animal cruelty through this decadent practice. I cannot imagine that the live fish tastes any better than a fish that was killed before being fried. For those that believe it does, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Even if it did, it cannot justify the extreme pain this carp must feel: it cannot breath, its organs have been fried and it is being poked by strange creatures. There is no justification to do this to a fish or any other living creature.