translation of a report on LeonVegano.net (click here for more photos):

"By chance, or perhaps because they had already taken their last breaths for oxygen and we were the only ones who would do something to save them, activists from Leon Vegano saw a Dantesque image: thousands of fish flapping in the mud, trying to find a place to submerge themselves to breath again, a place to put an end to their totally real, terrible nightmare: a nightmare where their space got smaller and smaller, left in the open air unable to breathe, a nightmare in which humans came to kidnap them and later murder them, where birds and wasps went looking for food and ate them alive; unable to flee, resignation was the only thing left for them as they died trapped in the mud.

Very nervously (there were no other way), we found the river which was safest in which to free them and at the same time we were preparing ourselves to come to the rescue with the few resources we had. Even knowing it was illegal to take them out of there since it was a protected area, within minutes we were on our way, the night falling, trying to move forward with the mud up to our knees. Sometimes we stepped on their buried bodies and desolation came over us. Meanwhile other humans came to kidnap them for the pleasure of their palates.

That night we managed to rescue 86 lives who could feel freedom once again, to breathe, to swim and to eat without fear, we saw them swimming in the darkness of the night and that became a magical moment which we will never forget.

The next morning we went back with the only person who answered our call, and over the course of the day we managed to rescue and liberate over 2000 fish before the humans returned to kidnap them, before they died by beaks and asphixiation before the indifference of many. The mud came out through their mouths and gills. Many died before we got there, others did not survive after being rescued.

They were released in different parts of a river to avoid being tracked down and kidnapped by humans. We will not say the name or location to ensure their safety.

There in the mud, the bodies of thousands of others were left who could have been saved if we had been aware of their situation. We feel a great joy and an enormous sadness.

They are seen as food, as a species to be preserved, they are seen as resources at the disposal of humans. However, in reality they are individuals who are capable of feeling, with their own interests, like any human, and thousands had to die before the indifferent gaze of greedy humans, far from feeling the slightest empathy, captured them to secure their death.

Indifference seems to know no limits; we wonder if maybe they were not fish, if they had been dogs, thousands of dogs dying. Would we have been only three people?

Dogs and fish are different, but equal in something: they have the ability of feel and have their own interests. Those who didn't come to help because they were only 'seafood' should think about this.

We will not ask for compassion or charity so that this never happens again, what we do ask is RESPECT. Out of respect, go vegan!

We want to thank wholeheartedly Codi and Nacho (Asturias) who helped us to publish the notice on Facebook as we had had our internet connection cut, and to Patty for coming early. Thanks to her we saved so many individuals in so little time.

Your indifference condemns them. Remember that a simple gesture can save thousands of lives, you are their only hope and if you stand idly by, they will die."

Spanish:
"Por pura casualidad, o quizás porque ya daban sus últimas bocanadas en busca de oxígeno y solo nosotrxs haríamos algo para salvarles, activistas de Leon Vegano vimos una imagen dantesca: miles de peces aleteando en el lodo, intentando encontrar un lugar donde sumergirse y volver a respirar, donde acabara su terrible pesadilla totalmente real: una pesadilla en la que cada vez se reducía mas su espacio y quedaban al intemperie sin oxígeno, una pesadilla en la que llegaban humanos para secuestrarlos y posteriormente asesinarlos, donde aves y avispas iban en busca de alimento y los comían aún vivos, sin poder huir, donde solo les quedaba la resignación mientras morían atrapados en el lodo.

Como no podía ser de otra manera, muy nerviosxs inmediatamente averiguamos donde quedaba el rio mas seguro para liberarles y al mismo tiempo estábamos preparándonos para acudir a su rescate con los pocos medios que teníamos. Aún sabiendo que era ilegal sacarles de allí al ser un espacio protegido, en pocos minutos estábamos de vuelta, cayendo la noche, intentando avanzar con el lodo por las rodillas, mientras pisábamos sus cadáveres enterrados y la desolación se apoderaba de nosotrxs. Mientras otros humanos acudían a secuestrarlos para asesinarlos por el gusto del paladar.

Esa noche logramos rescatar a 86 vidas que pudieron sentir de nuevo la libertad, respirar, nadar y alimentarse sin temor, les vimos nadar en la oscuridad de la noche y aquel se convirtió en un momento mágico que jamás olvidaremos.

A la mañana siguiente volvimos con la única persona que acudió al llamado que hicimos, y en el transcurso del día conseguimos rescatar de allí y liberar a mas de 2000 peces antes de que volvieran los humanos a secuestrarles, antes de que murieran a picotazos y de asfixia ante la indiferencia de muchos. El lodo les salía por la boca y las branquias. Muchos tuvieron que morir antes de nuestra llegada, algunos tampoco sobrevivieron tras ser rescatados.

Fueron liberados en distintos puntos de un rio para evitar que fueran localizados y secuestrados por humanos. No vamos a decir la ubicación ni el nombre para garantizar su seguridad.

Allí en el lodo quedaron los cuerpos de otros miles que pudieron ser salvados si hubiéramos tenido conocimiento de su situación. Nos invade una gran alegría y una enorme tristeza.

Ellxs son vistos como alimento, como una especie que preservar, son vistos como recursos a disposición de humanos. Sin embargo, en realidad son individuos con capacidad de sentir e intereses propios, como cualquier humano, y miles tuvieron que morir ante las miradas indiferentes de humanos codiciosos que lejos de sentir la mas mínima empatía, acudieron a su captura para asegurarles la muerte.

La indiferencia no parece conocer límites, nos preguntamos si tal vez no fueran peces, y hubieran sido perros, miles de perros agonizando. ¿Hubiéramos sido solo tres personas?

Perros y peces son diferentes, pero iguales en algo: tienen capacidad de sentir e intereses propios. Quienes no habéis acudido porque solo eran unos cuantos "pescados" deberíais reflexionar sobre esto.

No vamos a pedir compasión y caridad para que esto no vuelva a suceder, lo que pedimos es RESPETO. Por respeto, ¡hazte vegano!

Queremos agradecer de todo corazón a Codi y Nacho (Asturias) que nos ayudaron a publicar el aviso en Facebook ya que nos habían cortado al conexión a internet, y a Patty por haber acudido a primera hora, y gracias a ella pudimos salvar a tantos individuos en tan poco tiempo.

Tu indiferencia es su condena. Recuerda que un simple gesto puede salvar miles de vidas, que tú eres su única esperanza y que si te quedas de brazos cruzados ellxs van a morir.

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