PETA has really hit a sore nerve with me now. I just heard about this on Fox news on my way home and I am absolutly beside myself with this. Im sorry to any one out there whom is a PETA supporter but honestly these folks are going insane.
Please visit the above link. Not to support them but to be aware of the kind of propoganda they are spreading now.
First and formost I do belive fish have a higher mental ability than just to breath, breed, eat and deficate. There are many fish species that have shown remedial and somewhat advanced socal order and test have been shown to indicate fish do have memory ability or the ability to learn/be traned.
But do they feel pain? Do they feel terror? I dont think so. Pain and Terror are human emotions and should not be carried over to the animal kindom as a whole. Sure a fish will react when you 'hurt' it. Its a nerve reflex, nothing more.
Neal Cavoto was the host of the show interviewing this PETA rep. PETA mentioned that fishing was inhumane. Well first lets see what inhumane means. "Lacking pity or compassion." Do I pitty the fish when I catch it? Do I feel bad about the fish's family when its caught? Nope. Should I? If I did then how could I drive a car or even walk on the ground with out being concerned I would squash a bug with my windshild or my foot..
Anyway Neal asked if it was inhumane for a bear to catch a fish and eat it. The PETA rep said no because the bear is doing what it does naturally. And Neal tried to get across that we as humans have just as much a natural right to feed ourselves as the bear but good ol PETA would not hear a word of it. Fishing is crewl because we hook their lips. Well they must be thinking to themselves it would hurt me to have a hook pushed thru my lip so it must hurt the fish. But wait. Have they done biologial tests on fish to determin the number of nerve endings in the fish's lip region? I havent myself but I can tell you one thing. All the fish I caught as a kid never flinched when I pulled the hook out any more than they did with out a hook in their mouths. So whos to say the fish even is aware a hook is on their lip other than the fact they can no longer swim away.
I could go on for a very long time on this but I wont bore anyone any further.