Most fish isn't farmed either, so until they were caught the fish have had a happy life in the wild.
I like the sentiment of this, but every time I watch a nature programme I get less convinced that life in the wild is ever happy for animals.
Most animals (including fish) seem to spend their entire lives doing one of three things (1) avoiding being killed by one of their many predators, (2) trying to find a mate - and risking being killed by your own kind in the process, or (3) desperately seeking food to stop yourself from starving to death
At best - I think that equates to subsistence living.
It's much less Disney out there than it looks from what I can tell.
Without doubt the only animals with a true Disney life-of-riley existence are 99% of domestic pets in the developed world.
In my pecking order of life - if I was an animal - I would go (in a very tongue in cheek way may I add!):
1. Domestic pet owned by doting owner / pony owned by pony club child
Absolute doddle. No expense spared luxury and on call vet as required. You even get your tummy tickled
2. Any animal held in captivity by a legitimate and monitored wildlife programme
Have you seen some of those Panda films? It's like being part of the royal family!
3. In a zoo/aquarium
Yes it's boring, but nobody is trying to kill and eat me while I sleep - and I get 3 square a day. Petting zoo acceptable, but not a preference. Pesky kids.
4. On a farm where I am maintained for something other than being eaten
Sheep/Wool, Cow/Milk, Chicken/Egg etc. I just eat, sleep and grow stuff and in return for an uncomfortable sheering/milking on occasion I get a safe life and plenty of grub
5. Bred to be eaten but held in an ethical free-range environment
Everyone's got to die sometime. If I can get 3-5 years of good quality life, solid servings of grub, vetted and tended and not fearing for my life every 24 hours - then I'll take it
6. Out in the wild
Ok so I get to choose my lifestyle. But it's hard work - I'm hunted from day 1 by predators, attacked, hungry 99% of the time and there's no NHS Vet in the wild..... If I can't get my own food, I die. If I'm not careful 24x7x365, I die. If I get sick, I die. If I pick the wrong partner by mistake, I die.
Basically - every day I don't die is a win.
7. Factory bred for food/production
Misery. Undoubted. Least favoured option.