Animal rights organization PETA recently released a ranking of the top ten vegan seafood dishes currently available in the restaurant industry in the United States. With this initiative, the organization aims to draw attention to the fact that there are already a number of vegan alternatives to fish and other seafood for which no animal has to die or suffer. According to PETA, each vegan consumer prevents the slaughter of 200 marine animals per year.
“Seed’s delicious, fresh, fish-free ceviche proves that no sentient marine animal should die for dinner,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. Newkirk describes a meatless dish from Seed restaurant in New Orleans. Seed uses cauliflower, onions, peppers, lime and lemon juice, and avocado for the vegan menu option instead of real fish.
According to PETA, fish and other seafood can be expected to contain toxins such as mercury, lead, arsenic, PCBs, pesticides and even industrial flame retardants. PETA therefore regularly publishes recipes for alternative vegan dishes on its website. The selection ranges from vegan seafood dishes to vegan starter kits, as well as quick tips on plant-based cooking.