Animal rights protesters urge Poles not to buy live Christmas carp
PR dla Zagranicy
Animal rights activists have began their now annual campaign for carp, the traditional centerpiece on the Polish Christmas table, to be treated with more care during this holiday period.
Fish monger in szczecin, north west Poland: photo - PAP/Marcin Bielecki
“Fish are animals that feel pain as we do, yet people seem to forget about that, as half the city is carrying live carp in plastic bags, condemning them to a slow death from lack of water," said Lukasz Musial from the animal rights organization Basta!, as they protested outside the Carrefour supermarket in the north western city.
The Klub Gaja environmental NGO has also launched its "Do not buy live carp" campaign, which has been endorsed by Polish celebrities such as actress Julia Pietrucha and travel and food writer Robert Makłowicz.
Carp is traditionally part of 12 courses served on Christmas Eve in Poland, as night falls.
The fish are sold in local grocers and supermarkets, often still alive and kept in the bath or other receptacles until they are killed before cooking.
Many Poles favour salmon to carp, however. (pg)