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story.lead_photo.caption A police officer tells protesters with PETA, including one dressed as a mermaid, and bystanders to keep the sidewalk in the area clear for pedestrians Tuesday morning in Little Rock. ( Gavin Lesnick)

A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals volunteer wearing a mermaid costume and little else took to a downtown Little Rock street corner Tuesday to protest outside an American Fisheries Society meeting in Little Rock.

Amanda Slyter, 25, wore the costume at the corner of Louisiana and Markham streets and held a sign reading "Sea Life, Not Seafood" in front of her seemingly otherwise bare top.

The protest was aimed at drawing attention to PETA's stance that fish feel pain and fear and shouldn't be eaten, said Katie Arth, 26, campaigns manager for the group.

"All animals deserve protection from abuse, whether they have fur, fins or cats or catfish," she said, noting the group encourages people to eat plant-based vegan food instead of fish.

A message seeking a response to the protest from the American Fisheries Society wasn't immediately returned late Tuesday morning.

Several people stopped to take photos of the "nearly naked 'mermaid'" display, which is how PETA described it in a news release in advance. Some passersby accepted literature from the group and others walked by.

Arth, who also held a sign, said the group will conduct the protest at various sites around the country.

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Archived Comments

  • Granny48
    September 10, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.

    Good Golly! I'm waiting for somebody to "discover" that plants have feelings and should not be harmed.

  • 000
    September 10, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

    They DO, Granny! When I take off my foil hat, I can hear the oaks communing.

  • mhck52
    September 10, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

    Actually, plants can cause an electrocardiogram to respond under various circumstances. So, yes Virginia, in a round-about way they do feel. But since they don't have a mouth, vocal chords or brain I guess they don't count. Oh no, here comes the combine.

  • pcrasehotmailcom
    September 10, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

    Fish = Meat without Feet

  • TheBatt
    September 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

    I believe the PETA I belong too has a somewhat different view:

    People
    Eating
    Tasty
    Animals

  • JuanCarlosEspinoza
    September 10, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

    mmm mmmm MMMM MMMM MM... Meowwww!!! Love me some Chickie of the Sea :) Uh, where did you say the next "protest" will be???

  • RaylanGivens
    September 10, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

    If all PETA members were eaten by sharks who would clean up the blood?

  • 000
    September 10, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.

    I don't get it. When a bear eats a person, it's ok, cause that's what bears do. When a person eats a steer, that's bad because why? If god didn't want us to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?

  • pcrasehotmailcom
    September 10, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.

    And why do they taste so good?

  • RaylanGivens
    September 10, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.

    Meat is murder; tasty tasty murder

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