Those nasty, nasty vets at the American Veterinary Medical Association are at it again. They decided to have their annual convention in Seattle, and one of their events allowed some people to participate in a fish toss at the Pike Place Fish Market. Quelle horreur!
Because, you know, veterinarians are known for, um, hating animal life and wanting to abuse it and all.
MERMAID KILLERS! AUGH! THE HUMANITY!
Oh…wait…sea kitten killers. Pardon me. PETA, I’m about as sympathetic as you’re going to get in terms of your average, non nutso animal rights person, but even I have a hard time getting behind the concept of sea kittens. They are not kittens, they’re fish. Scaly non-mammalian members of the Class Osteichthyes who will never be as cheek pinchingly adorable as a furry feline. Sorry.
And the sign in the background? AVMA Supports Pain? That’s news to me. As far as I knew, AVMA supported people who bust their ass for 8 years of college in order to alleviate pain and suffering and promote humane treatment of the very same food and companion animals PETA seems to enjoy painting themselves and dressing up as. Maybe if you guys spent less time attention whoring yourselves naked in glitter paint and more time actually learning about the legitimate animal welfare issues I take seriously, I could take YOU seriously.
Ahhhhhhh, that felt good.
The AVMA’s official response was more diplomatic:
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) respects and values PETA’s right to express an opinion and hold a peaceful demonstration at our 146th Annual Convention in Seattle. On the other hand, we disagree with their position on our use of fish during an educational and motivational presentation by the fishmongers of Pike Place Fish Market.
There are no better advocates for animals than veterinarians, because we care for the well-being of all animals. We have some very well-founded animal welfare principles that include the responsible use of animals, including fish, for food purposes. We believe that this event is consistent with those principles.
Later on in the press release the AVMA excitedly announced the 2010 conference in Nova Scotia, and implored all veterinarians interested in the Opening Ceremony Seal Clubbing to register early.