‘Prison for fish?!’ GMB viewers blast ‘woke’ aquarium debate ‘Too ridiculous’

GMB: Fish are ’suffering’ in aquariums says PETA expert

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Good Morning Britain hosts Alex Beresford and Charlotte Hawkins welcomed PETA’s Communications Manager, Jennifer White and home aquarium owner, John Elwell, on to the show on Thursday. The ITV guests joined Alex and Charlotte to debate whether or not now was the time to free all fish and sea life from aquariums, leaving them to live their natural lives in the oceans. However, it didn’t take long for GMB viewers to make their stance known, with some branding the idea as a “ridiculous” level of “wokeism”.

Fighting for her side, Jennifer told Alex and Charlotte: “Most of the fish and marine animals that we see in aquariums have actually been stolen from their homes in the wild.

“That’s just not right, these animals are supposed to be swimming free and in fact, in aquariums, they spend most of their time in tanks that are far too small and could never replicate what their normal homes would be in the wild.

“These fish are suffering,” the GMB guest added before reeling off more reasons: “A lot of the time they don’t have enough environmental enrichment in their tanks, 

“They don’t have enough space where they can hide if they’re feeling stressed.”

Jennifer argued: “So, of course, there is absolutely no reason for these animals to be kept in these unnatural conditions when we know that they’re from some of the world’s most lush environments.”

Alex then weighed in to say he was all for leaving the oceans be but pointed out that funding and conservationism comes from the money raised from aquariums.

But Jennifer argued they do “more harm than good” reiterating that the marine life is “ripped” from their homes.

However, John pointed out: “The biggest consideration she’s probably overlooking is the fact that diseases will adjust in captivity.

“The biggest issue you’d have in the release of fish from aquariums is you’d potentially be releasing a disease that wild fish have absolutely no immunity to.

“You could risk an ecological disaster and wipe out a whole food chain,” he added.

John went onto reiterate his stance, insisting it was “important” people were able to see these fish in real life.

However, Jennifer stood firm, insisting we “wouldn’t go to prisons to see human life” and comparing aquariums to imprisonment for fish.

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After hearing the debate unfold, it soon became clear many viewers weren’t bought by the idea of scrapping aquariums for good.

“I’m sorry but this is a whole new level of wokeism it’s ridiculous #GMB,” one fan vented on Twitter.

A second weighed in: “Oh aye let’s just free all the fish where they can go back in the sea and get polluted with all the crap that’s in the oceans #GMB.” (Sic)

While a third added: “#GMB somebody call the fun police, What? aquarium are fish prisons OMG I’ve heard it all now.”

“#GMB @GMB A prison for fish It’s too early for this ridiculousness,” commented a fourth, with a fifth echoing: “Did this woman just say Prison for fish?? #gmb.”

Another said: “Must be a slow news day, how on earth can you compare taking your kids to a prison to see the inmates to taking them to an aquarium.”

However, others took aim at GMB for airing the debate, as one fumed: “What an absolute non story of something most people would laugh at. Ratings for GMB are falling down a large hole. Hardly surprising with rubbish like this.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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