Sunday, 26 July 2009

There is something fishy here

Al Roth at the Market Design blog asks Is fish-tossing repugnant?
Fishmongers in Seattle throw dead fish around the market, and it has apparently become not just a way of handling fish for sale, but a form of entertainment.

"Jeremy Ridgway, one of the managers at the market, said that he has done fish shows for the ministry of manpower in Singapore, for schoolchildren in Oklahoma and at countless other venues."

One of those other venues was a meeting in Seattle of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which decided to go ahead with "a plan to host a team-building program offered by the famous fish-throwers of Seattle's Pike Place Fish Market."

The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) finds this repugnant, and thinks such events should not be conducted.
What exactly is PETA's problem here? Roth has many great examples of repugnant markets, but I can't see this as one of them. But you can judge for yourself: Seattle's Pike Place fishmongers under fire .

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