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Mercury-contaminated fish are a health risk

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According to a new study released by the Environmental Protection Agency, researchers found mercury in every single fish they tested from 500 lakes and reservoirs across the country (AP story). Fish with potentially harmful levels of mercury were found in nearly half of the lakes and reservoirs studied. Mercury is a documented poison that can cause learning disabilities in children and neurological problems in adults.

There are safer sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including walnuts, flaxseed oil, spinach, and soybeans, as well as vegetarian supplements made from microalgae (which is where fish get omega-3s in the first place).

None of us would dream of drinking water tainted by sewage, pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants. So why would anyone risk their health by eating the fish that are pulled from this toxic brew? Find out more at www.PETA.org/fish.

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