Keep Tiger Prawns Off Your Plate
Seas At Risk member organisation, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), has launched a campaign to inform consumers about the negative effects of giant prawn farming on the environment.
Tiger prawns, also known as giant prawns or jumbo shrimps, are a popular seafood product and can be found all over Europe. These large shrimps often come from Asia, where the aquaculture techniques used by large companies have a devastating effect on the environment and on local communities.
A short Youtube film produced by SSNC explains how giant prawns are pumped full of antibiotics and dangerous chemicals and how large expanses of precious mangrove forest are destroyed and contaminated to accommodate shrimp farms.
The film aims at drawing attention to this consumption-related environmental problem in a humorous way and at persuading consumers to keep giant prawns off their plate in order to safeguard the environment and the living conditions in prawn-producing countries.
So much more to read at http://www.seas-at-risk.org/n2.php?page=434
"This is a tiger prawn. Also known as a giant prawn or a jumbo shrimp.
"Now, if you love sushi, you'll probably find one of these little devils on your plate.
"These large shrimps often comes from Asia, And, to keep them fresh, juicy and bacteria free, they are pumped full of antibiotics and then soaked in poisoness chemicals.
"But that's not where the madness ends, because tiger prawns also happens to be one of the world's worst environmental hazards!
"So here's what happens:
"Big companies flatten large areas of precious mangrove forests to build dams for prawn farming. They use diesel pumps to provide the prawns with fresh water whilst the environment is completely destroyed. The big companies then move their farms to a new site and they start all over again.
"So, what's left is a broken eco system, a black market industry, people living in poverty and fear and what other totally useless horrible things.
"It's absolutely true. That's how bad tiger prawns are, even if they are labeled organic.
"So, now, if you only want to do one teeny tiny thing that will contribute to a better world, keep tiger prawns off your plate!
"This video is proudly presented to you by SSNC!
Read about SSNC's work with environmental organisations around the world: http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/map
SSNC's campaign on Facebook (in swedish) http://antiscampi.se
SSNC's production company: http://filmtecknarna.se