New Undercover Video Exposes Shocking Animal Cruelty in Mediterranean Sea

Horrific undercover footage filmed by animal rights group Animal Equality reveals how intensive trawling nets are destroying our oceans and cruelly killing millions of fish.

The heartbreaking video, shot on board a commercial fishing boat off the coast of Sardinia, Italy, shows massive trawling nets scooping up hundreds of thousands of marine animals and hoisting them onto the boat where they squirm and gasp for air.

These giant nets damage the ocean floor and catch hundreds of thousands of non-target fish. Many are thrown overboard dead from shock, exhaustion, or suffocation, while others die from the sudden change in pressure that causes organs to be forced through the mouth. Even more of these poor animals are gutted alive, and others are put in freezers where they die slowly.

See the shocking video yourself.

Human consumption of seafood is destroying our oceans and killing billions of innocent animals. In fact, the fishing industry is responsible for the deaths of countless sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and porpoises. The National Journal estimates that about 20 percent of all animals caught in commercial trawling nets are “bycatch, or unwanted animals.

Recent video footage released by Mercy For Animals, SeaLegacy, Sharkwater, and Turtle Island Restoration Network exposes how marine animals—including dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds—are routinely trapped and killed in the commercial fishing industry’s driftnets. Investigators documented animals being cut apart, pierced with hooks, caught in nets, and left to suffocate aboard driftnet fishing boats off the coast of California.


Fish are similar to dogs, cats, and other animals in their experience of pain and pleasure. Sadly, while mounting evidence proves that fish feel pain, they’re not granted any protections from cruelty.

The best thing we can do to remove our support from the destructive and callous fishing industry is to leave fish off our plates and switch to a compassionate vegan diet.

Ready to get started? Check out all the amazing vegan versions of seafood, such as Gardein’s fishless filets and crabless cakes. And click here for compassionate sea-inspired recipes.