Sept. 23: Fish Amnesty Day
There are more pet fish in America than any other animal, but they don’t receive the respect they deserve, according to PETA. The animal-rights organization created Fish Amnesty Day in 1997 to bring attention to the plight of fish. Kept in aquariums and by nature not petted or played with, pet fish are often relegated to little more than living decorations. But Fish Amnesty Day is the day to remember that our pet fish are animals who have rights and deserve the same respect as any other animal. Fish Amnesty Day also shines a spotlight on removing fish from the human diet, discouraging well-intentioned pescetarians, i.e. near-vegetarians who still eat fish. So on Sept. 23, put down the tuna salad and enjoy a mixed-greens salad instead.