Huge catch turns into rescue mission for shark pups

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3 comments:

  • Issis posted at 6:32 pm on Tue, May 13, 2014.

    Issis Posts: 3

    I agree with other comments re: not understanding "catch & release" and the sense, by those who do it, that it is just good, clean, fun. How is it humane to pierce a fish, cause it to fight for it's life, drag it over a rough boat or dock edge or onto shore, pull out the barbed hook (not always without damage while the fish is flailing and gasping) just for bragging rights? While I appreciate the attempt to unhook the fish, cutting open the fish while still alive to release the young was also barbaric ... although perhaps the only way in which the young could be saved. Was Mote Marine or other wildlife experts called? Anyone who fishes should have their number and other wildlife agencies (especially Pelican Rescues, since so many are ensnared in fishing lines/hooks). Fishing is never humane, although for those who actually eat what they catch, bearable. Still, it never ceases to amaze me that fishing is promoted as a "fun" sport; that fisher(wo)men and their friends think nothing of holding up a gasping, dying fish for photos, without regard for the cruelty of their indifference. They also seem to be completely indifferent to the hours fish remain on hold lines while they continue fishing, or that they are often allowed to suffocate rather then being killed quickly and as humanely as possible. It's a brutal activity, promoted as a family activity in part because it is such a money maker for so many different commercial entities.

     
  • Leprechaun Kid posted at 2:06 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Leprechaun Kid Posts: 1

    So all you wanted to do was save the shark that you endangered in the first place for recreation. Will it occur to you next time that the shark you hook and release might also be a pregnant female forced to fight and suffer to the end of her life and her babies lost because you are just having fun? Why not catch pregnant dogs and cats and "play" with them? No, 'cause that would be immoral and illegal. And it would make you and your friends look like psychopaths, right?

     
  • BigT posted at 12:35 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    BigT Posts: 1

    I hate, hate, hate people who catch and release. You just inflict potentially fatal trauma on wildlife for sport? What is wrong with you?

     

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