The trials and tribulations of the annual pilgrimage to Haines, Alaska, wherein the faithful endure as many as two weeks of soul-destroying insults and mockery, loosely organized around the migratory habits of one unfortunate species of salmonid.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Ethics of the Program?

From the Environmental News Network:

Animal Rights Group Baits Anglers with Ethics Pledge

October 31, 2005 — By Doug O'Harra, Anchorage Daily News
The animal rights group PETA wants fishermen to promise they will follow a federal "Code of Angling Ethics" before they can legally hook salmon, trout and halibut in Alaska.

Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals faxed a letter to McKie Campbell, commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, asking him to require Alaska anglers to take an angling ethics pledge before they can buy a fishing license.

The department hasn't officially responded to PETA, and Campbell was out of state and unavailable for comment Thursday. But a state fisheries official said the answer will almost certainly be something like "No, thank you."

The sportfish division posts its own angling code on fly-fishing Web pages, and many Alaska fishermen voluntarily follow similar principles, said Jon Lyman, aquatic education coordinator with the Division of Sportfish.

PETA wants it mandatory.

Story continues here.

There's also something at the fishing hurts website. Reader discretion advised.


  • At 4:32 PM, Blogger MB said…

    Fishing is a blood sport. I'm comfortable with that, but one should try to minimise it if possible...


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