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Entries in anti-fishing (176)

Sunday
May152016

Kids First Cast Helps Grow Fishing and Enrich Lives; You Should Too

"At a young age, I was fortunate to have grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and friends who have shared their passion of fishing with me.  Through the years, this passion for fishing would sustain me through the good and the bad times. It became my “lifeline."  This lifeline brought me experiences that helped give me knowledge, happiness, physical and mental health. But best of all, it allowed me to always learn more about myself."

When I read those words by Diane Aspiazu, president of Kids First Cast, Inc., I knew that we were kindred spirits. Of course, we are not alone. Many of us who fish know this, and that intangible value is what prompted me to write Why We Fish.

But not everyone is doing what Diane and other volunteers up in Idaho are doing to "pass it on," and that is why I encourage you to learn more about this great organization, contribute to it, and think about starting a similar organization in your area.

Recreational fishing is under siege as never before and, if we are to turn the tide we much show those who don't fish--- especially children---- how it can enrich their lives in ways that they can't even imagine until they give it a try and get hooked.

Here's what Kids First Cast, Inc. is doing in 2016:

  • Assisting Idaho Fish and Game with the “Take Me Fishing” trailer schedule by doing 26 fishing outings from April through June.
  • Annual field trip with Sawtooth Middle School to teach 350 kids about the basics of casting and tying fishing knots.
  • Week of the Young Child, teaching 300 kids about casting.
  • Annual VFW Fishing Derby, helping disabled veterans fish for a day.
  • Annual Babe Ruth Jamboree, host casting pools for baseball teams.
  • Annual Scales of Justice Tournament for troubled youth.                                               
  • Annual Conservation Day Clinic.
  • Canyon Military Kids Fishing Derby.
  • VFW Kids Fishing Derby.
  • Wish to Fish Christmas Program. providing Christmas with a “fishing flair” for kids economically challenged.
  • Annual Canyon County Night Light Parade.

Here is the organization's mission statement

Build and sustain healthy communities by providing education, conservation, and outdoor recreation in a safe and inviting environment for kids and their families while enjoying the sport of fishing.

Sunday
May082016

Go Fishing, Go to Jail Part 2

For those of you who don't think that sport fishing ever will be banned or even restricted in the Canada and the United States, may I suggest a couple of things?

  •  Plug "animal rights" into a Google Search a couple of times a week to see what the enemy is doing. Yes, the animal rights  (not to be confused with animal welfare) folks pose the primary threat, and  they are an integral part of the powerful PC movement and all the idiocy that comes with it.
  • Second, acquaint yourself with the facts. I'll help you with that. But many of you won't bother to read all of this. Instead, you will shrug it off as an irrational fear and/or insult me as has happened with a previous post about the threat to recreational fishing posed by a bill introduced into Canada's Parliament (C-246):

1. Although 90 percent of Americans approve of legal fishing and support using fish for food, 25 to 30 percent of  people in urbanized states think that angling for sport is cruel. In less urbanized states, the percentage is still about 20 percent.

"The results suggest that in the United States, levels of anti-angling sentiment are consistent with those reported in other post-industrialized countries such as Germany, where stringent regulations on recreational fishing have already been put in place," say the authors of a study, "A Primer on Anti-Angling Philosophy and Its Relevance for Recreational Fisheries in Urbanized Societies," which was published in Fisheries, a scientific journal.

2.  In a 2008 survey in Germany, 57 percent thought use of live baitfish is immoral and 65 percent thought the same about "non-harvest-oriented competitive fishing events." Forty percent thought that catch and release is unethical.

Additionally, 35 percent agreed with statements that "fish are suffering unnecessarily due to recreational anglers" and "catching and releasing fish during recreational fishing constitutes unnecessary cruelty to animals."

"Finally, about a quarter (26 percent) thought that there is a pressing need to improve issues of animal welfare in Germany, despite recreational fishing being already heavily constrained and regulated for animal welfare reasons."

3. In Austria, about 20 percent thought that recreational fishing "disturbs the ecological balance and that recreational anglers do no care enough about nature and are only interested in an abundant fish harvest."

4. In Switzerland, the Animal Welfare Act makes the intention of voluntary catch-and-release fishing an offense because it is in conflict with the dignity of the fish and its presumed ability to suffer and to feel pain.

"A similar ruling had already been in force in Germany since the 1980s, in which, based on a combination of arguments related to inherent value and fishing practices thought to induce pain and suffering, activities such as voluntary catch and release, use of live baitfish, use of keep nets, and tournament fishing were partly, implicitly, or explicitly  banned.

"Similarly, put-and-immediate-take fishing is found unacceptable because the only justified reason for going fishing is to capture fish as food . . .

"Wider economic benefits created by angling are usually not considered a sufficient justification—it all boils down to the individual benefits experienced by the angler, and here food provision is currently the only acceptable reason."

In conclusion, the study's authors make this frightening appraisal:

In Germany an angler needs a “reasonable reason” to be allowed to fish recreationally and thereby intentionally inflict pain and suffering on the supposedly sentient fish. Currently, the legally accepted reasonable cause is personal fish consumption, and anglers must have the intention to harvest before casting.

"One might be inclined to say, 'It is never going to happen here,' which might have been what the Swiss angling community thought before voluntary catch and release was banned by law in 2008.

"It may only need a willing and able public prosecutor and some judges with anti-angling sentiments to further the case by asking, 'Is recreational fishing reasonable, irrespective of the intention of the angler?'

"Obviously, this development was probably facilitated by poor political support in the recreational fisheries sector, but it also exemplifies how a particular social climate that is concerned with the (suffering-defined) welfare of fish targeted by recreational anglers can have immediate implications for fisheries practice, including constraints on the set of tools available to fisheries managers for managing and conserving wild fish populations."

Wednesday
Mar092016

Animal Rights Activists Say 'Deer Lives Matter' and Push for Criminalizing Fishing

More insanity by animal rights activists, this time in Michigan. Cull of herd was necessary for benefit of both humans and deer. But here's their response:

"Let's pray for peace and work for change."

"Deer lives matter, and all lives matter."

"We are all one in spirit."

"When we kill the deer, we kill ourselves."

Most of these people are just useful idiots, but this growing movement is all about giving legal rights to animals, which inevitably will lead to bans on hunting and fishing. This is the direct result of more and more people living in urban areas, with no direct contact with nature and no clue about habitats and ecological balance.

Meanwhile in Canada, a bill has been introduced that could make catching and keeping a couple of fish for dinner a crime. Here's what Keep Canada Fishing says:

"Provisions in Bill C-246 clearly make it possible for someone who catches a fish to face criminal prosecution for cruelty to animals. Even the act of baiting a hook with a worm would be considered an act of cruelty according to the bill."

Wednesday
Feb242016

Texas Becomes 19th State to Guarantee Right to Fish and Hunt

 

In 1777, Vermont became the first state to include the right to fish and hunt in its constitution. In November, Texas became the 19th overall and the 18th since 1996, as more than 80 percent of voters approved Proposition 6.

As we've become an increasingly urbanized society in recent years, sportsmen have recognized the need to protect their rights from an aggressive animal rights movement. Its members view the pastimes as "cruel" and ignore the immense importance of fishing and hunting for conservation, as well as its historic and cultural significance. That was made abundantly clear last fall, when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)  faced a firestorm of criticism for its decision to address an exploding bear population with a managed hunt.

Here's what one enlightened anti-hunting activist told FWC: "The world watched the barbaric massacre of the majestic black bears and is disgusted. They should have a 'harvest' for hellbound rednecks."

And how about what happened to angler Ed Loughran last July, during the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on the James River? As he legally fished a tidal area, he was harassed, threatened and sprayed with a hose. In August, meanwhile, Elite Pro Mark Menendez was insulted and threatened on the St. Lawrence River.

With its considerable political clout, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been a leader in the movement to enshrine hunting and fishing as state constitutional rights. And the Texas victory, it said, "brings us one step closer to our goal of incorporating this critical protection across the country."

In addition to confirming those rights, the Texas amendment also designates fishing and hunting as the preferred methods for managing and controlling wildlife. And it specifies that this provision does not affect laws relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain.

Texas B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Director Tim Cook said that bass anglers helped spread the word about the importance of this proposal in the weeks before the election.

"Other than social media, forums, and word of mouth, we didn't feel the need to do much else," he said. "I was told that the outdoor community was pretty confident it would pass.

"While we always have had this right," he added, "adding it to our state constitution may help prevent infringing on our rights in the future."

In Texas alone, almost three million annually fish and hunt, spending $4.1 billion, generating 65,000 jobs and contributing more than $415 million in tax revenue. Across the country, anglers generate more than $48 billion in retail sales each year, with a $115 billion impact on the nation's economy, creating employment for more than 828,000 people, according to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Association Recreation.

Additionally, license fees paid by anglers and hunters are what finance state wildlife agencies, not general tax revenue. And that funding is bolstered by the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, which collects excise taxes on fishing tackle and hunting gear and then redistributes the money to the states.

Anglers and hunters also contribute billions to private conservation programs. Protecting their rights provides for the continued existence of science-based fish and wildlife management and habitat programs that benefit all species, not just those pursued by sportsmen.

Thursday
Dec172015

Join the Fight to Keep Florida Fishing

The list of initiatives to ban or severely restrict recreational fishing and boating access in Florida is growing every day. Over the past decade, the misguided attempts to manage fisheries include Biscayne National Park, the Everglades, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, southeast Florida marine sanctuary request, and red snapper on both coasts. These bans and restrictions are often initiated by well-funded and coordinated special interest groups who leverage their influence at the state and federal levels to achieve their particular agendas.

That’s why Keep Florida Fishing was created.

The mission is to ensure Florida’s resident anglers and visitors have abundant fisheries, clean water and access to both. But your help is needed.