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PETA demonstration prompts lots of residents to counter

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The animal activist organization PETA held a demonstration in Yakima Thursday about fishing.

Demonstrators took their fair share of abuse, people yelling at them from their cars, and even cursing at them.    

But members of PETA I spoke to are just glad people took notice.

A few demonstrators dressed up like fish with body paint and all, laying down on the sidewalk in protest to fishing. They say fish are sensitive animals who experience stress and pain just like a dog or cat would when they're abused.

A lot of people stopped and gave the  demonstrators a piece of their mind, in one case, some started a counter demonstration. 

"The more that people learn about how intelligent and sensitive fish really are, the less likely they'll be to stick a hook or a fork in them," Hayden Hamilton said, a campaigner for PETA.

"I heard it on the radio yesterday and I thought it was kind of absurd, the whole fish for food, they're against fish for food. It's been a way of life since the dawn of time," said BJ Tidrick, who started an impromptu counter demonstration.

PETA hopes people will stop fishing and eating fish to support the ethical treatment of the animal.

All this leading up to National Fish Amnesty Day which is Saturday.