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How Do Fish Come into the World in the Fish Industry?

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The need to force spawning in the fish industry has evolved for two reasons: first, in the purpose of causing forced spawning outside the natural spawning season and secondly because many species of fish (like the Mugil fish for example) do not lay eggs while being captive at all.

Before laying eggs, the fish are starved for a week or two weeks, in order to empty their stomach completely. The females are imprisoned in small personal containers before laying eggs. The frustration caused to the female by feeling trapped in such a narrow space is expressed in her catatonic movements: she moves quickly in small circles around herself inside the container for hours. In addition, the females bump their tails on the surface of the water due to this condition of stress. The forced egg laying is caused by injecting a hormone into the back muscle or abdominal fins of the fish. Then the female is taken out of the water and being wiped with a towel, which destructively damages her scales and mucus that envelops her body and protects her from infections. The eggs are then squeezed out of the female.

This the process is performed by hand. The egg squeezer moving his hand in a squeezing motion along the fish belly from the head to the opening of the genitalia, until all the eggs are removed from the ovaries. In addition to stress and fear, fish suffer from abrasions, loss of scales, injuries, and internal hemorrhages. Fish that are severally damaged are kept in isolation until they recover or die. After a year, they go through this process again and suffer similar injuries. The Carp fish, whose natural life expectancy reaches 40 years can be kept in this cruel routine for many years.

We should treat all living creatures with the respect they deserve. This process is cruel and not respectful.

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