Growing up, my dad taught me to shoot and fish. I even learned how to kill the fish (bashing its head on a log). Always made dad clean the fish though as that was just too yucky for me 🙂 We’d then fry them up on the skillet and enjoy our dinner! PETA insists that doing that is wrong and cruel.
PETA’s target in Seattle: The rod and reel set
“Parents should get their kids hooked on compassion, not on maiming and killing fish,” Hayden Hamilton, a PETA campaigner, said in a statement. “Causing these gentle animals of the sea to suffocate to death or die slowly from infections caused by hooks is animal abuse, plain and simple.” (A quick bash of the head would solve that.)
Just how much pain fish feel, has been debated. A report in Scientific American two years ago note: “New research, however, suggests that they (fish) may, revealing that their nervous system may be more complex than we thought—and our own awareness of pain may be much more evolutionarily ancient than suspected,” it said.
That research prompted a reply from Michael Agger, an editor at Slate and a fisherman. He noted that other research has come to different conclusions. “Whenever one of these studies about fish pain appears, animal lovers start glaring at me and my fellow fishermen. If fish can experience pain, then angling must be a cruel sport, right up there with deer hunting, bear baiting, and eating hot dogs. Why can’t we just leave fish alone and do something else?” he wrote.
And that is PETA’s point. No hooks, no nets. And you can’t even fire up the barbecue should a chinook jump in your boat and expire. “Billions of fish die every year in nets and on hooks. Some are destined for human consumption, many are tortured just for “sport,” and others are unintended victims who are maimed or killed simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” it says in its website.
PETA isn’t completely alone. Germany and Switzerland, for instance, have banned catch and release fishing, apparently on animal-cruelty grounds.
PETA, however, doesn’t want you fish or eat fish. After all, PETA has taken to calling fish “sea kittens” on the portion of it website for kids. “People seem to be down on fish lately. That’s why we’re renaming them ‘sea kittens’ so that people will realize that fish are just as intelligent (not to mention adorable) as dogs and cats and that they feel pain, just as all animals do.”
PETA has an uphill battle in Washington, where nearly 770,000 fishing licenses were sold last year.
How about this PETA? Why don’t you just let parents raise their children the way THEY see fit, teaching their children what THEY believe is best for them. After all, we know you aren’t really all about protecting animals anyway. Hypocrites.