While reading some other fishing blogs I could not help notice people are discussing the new ”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA) anti fishing campaign.
In case you did not know PETA campaign for any kind of injustice against animals, for example: eating them, using their skin for clothes (wool & leather etc), keeping them as pets (they have lightened up slightly on this) and animal experimentation.
However, please bare in mind they are no muesli eating hippy chanters – they have links to serious terrorism and the danger is that what they have to say may be taken seriously by people who should no better. These people already receive some serious news-time and every year they seem to attract more support from people who, quite frankly, have little idea what their real agenda is.
The New Campaign
PETA in their new campaign state that fish have had bad PR up until now and people should change their views towards them. They compare fish to kittens and say:
Sea kittens are just as intelligent (not to mention adorable) as dogs and cats, and they feel pain just as all animals do.
They then ask children to create their own “Sea Kitten” on their site – you can add lipstick, sun glasses, give it a water bowl and add an elephants trunk. Something tells me PETA are not way up their on what actually goes on in nature. I thought it was a spoof until I saw it myself.
Kinda goes against a lot of what PETA advocates against I thought.
I then created this highly educational “Sea Kitten” complete with a mohican, an elephants trunk, a Fu Manchu moustache (annoyingly hidden by the trunk) and a novelty pair of cute ears.
I tried to liken it to a real life “Sea Kitten”
Will work for Fish got himself all angry and stated the common sense argument that most of us eat meat, and animals still hunt – he also kicks into gear the “Land Puppies” campaign – I love it!!!
Please note comparison of his own real live piece of nature below and what PETA will want to teach your kids above.
Meanwhile, Buster Wants to Fish hits us all with the moral view:
…and I’m going to keep it simple - quit fucking with our kids, dammit.
Yes Buster, I could not agree more…
My view – the scientific one.
Turns out once I had added some butter and some seasoning, a kitten still did not taste as nice as trout. “Sea Kittens” may not be as adorable as kittens however they taste one hell of a lot better.
PETA are onto a loser with this campaign I reckon – you cannot catch and release a kitten – not without a lot of blood anyway (It turned out)
What you can do?
I have absolutely no idea, the whole campaign is silly – although it would be fun if other fishing bloggers posted pictures of their own made up “Sea Kittens” - Give em’ hell boys!
Edit:Now that I have thought about it overnight – fishers can just do what they do – be a responsible fisher and a good advocate for our sport to friends, neighbours and passers by.