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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes.

If I could have fit a “wtf” in the title of this post, I would have.

An organization in the UK called FishLove is attempting to “make a bold stand to stop over-fishing” by having celebrities pose naked with dead fish. Seriously. It’s like they took their inspiration from PETA but didn’t quite understand the concept. The point is to save the lives of animals, right? Not to further exploit them by wrapping naked celebrity limbs around their carcasses.

The website does say about the fish used in the photos, “All the fish taken in these photographs have been kindly donated by Waitrose, and have been caught sustainably according to the company’s impeccable environmental policy.”

What we don’t understand is how exactly naked celebrities holding dead sea creatures and smiling creepily brings attention to the overfishing problem. We’re not allowed to post photos, but you can click over to their site to see people like Lizzy Jagger and Jerry Hall posing for the camera. In one image, a naked Jagger is actually straddling a huge dead fish.

It just doesn’t make any sense. The nude celebrities attract attention because everyone likes nudity. But, to feature these poor dead fish, octopi and starfish and say it’s to stop overfishing? The math just doesn’t add up. If you want to save fish from the sea, best not to fish them out and kill them just to make your point. The fact that the fish were donated does not make us feel better. You?

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About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Cynthia Satterfield

    Before I read the story, when I just read the title and saw the pic at the top with the octopus, I did not think of sustainability or awareness of fishing practices. I thought it had to do with some wierd fashion thing, that it was cool to pose with a dead sea creature like it is done with large fish, sharks, or other interesting sea life caught by fishermen or like hunters posing with their kill; deer, elk, bear, wolf, ect.

  • guest

    They should have “photoshopped” fish in the photos instead of using real ones..