Friday, June 5, 2009
A local shelter run by two local cats for battered fish is trying to raise awareness towards the growing number of domestic violence cases involving fish.
The South Sound Battered Fish Shelter, formed in 2004. SSBFS has evolved into the largest service provider for battered fish in Washington.
“We believe that all fish have the right to live without fear of battering - sexual, physical, emotional, or beer batter.” said Sadie “Spats” Taylor, an 8-year-old, spayed, Calico Mix, who operates the shelter with her brother Seaborne.
Sadie is upset by the packaging of and treatment of frozen fish
“The country's economic status may be failing, but acts of domestic violence against Cod, Halibut, and Salmon are rising,” said Seaborne Ruskin Taylor (pictured above), a 9-year-old, neutered Domestic Short Hair. “There are fish out there who are being terribly abused.”
Seaborne and his sister say loss of jobs and reduction in income puts major strain on any relationship, sometimes causing unnecessary violence.
The brother sister duo say they run their non-profit shelter to house fish who have no other resources at their disposal.
One Northwest Cod who refused to give her name, was shocked to see her father’s remains so disturbingly packaged
“My dad was killed by a hairy man in a Boston Whaler, so we moved,” said a 2-year-old Cod from Sequim, who refused to divulge her name for fear of retaliation. “Humans are beating on us, and they’re seemingly proud of it. It says so right on the boxes they put us in.”
One fish, a 3-year-old Silver named Crissy, reportedly came limping into the shelter after being kicked out of an abusive relationship with a Major League Ballplayer.
“It is so blatant, the display of carelessness and neglect fisherman show,” said Sadie, “They even package it as such, like they are bragging or something about beating up the fish with a wally wacker before selling it.”
Seaborn started the shelter in 2004
A study on recent domestic-violence fish homicides in Neah Bay found that “limited access to services for victims and unemployment for fish batterers” were key risk factors of abuse.
Today, according to a National Violence Against Fish survey, approximately one in four fish will report being abused by an ex- or current boyfriend or human during their lifetime.
The Taylor cats are hoping to raise money to add on multiple saltwater aquariums to their shelter, located in Alki.
Battered fish is on display for all to see at QFC in North Seattle
“Our vision is an end of physical, sexual, emotional and economic abuse and to promote cultural systems that foster justice, equity and safety for all fish.” Sadie stated. “Our mission is to support, identify and locate options and advocate for those fish who have experienced domestic violence and to serve as a catalyst for change and goodwill.”
Cat photos Courtesy: The Taylor Cats
Copyright Sharyn Thoma-Guay
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 1:00 AM