- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 1, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Ever wonder how far out of the loop those People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are when they show up at fishing contest sites and boat launching ramps, wearing suits that are supposed to look like fish, while they urge Americans to stop angling “because it hurts the little fishies”?

PETA quite obviously is pretty far removed from the mainstream. So indicates a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-supported poll by Responsive Management.

When the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of recreational fishing?” was asked in August and September, the result was pretty much predictable:

Of those asked, 93.3 percent approved (68.5 percent strongly approved, 24.8 percent moderately approved). Only 5.2 percent disapproved (2 percent strongly disapproved, 3.2 percent moderately disapproved) and 1.5 percent didn’t care either way.

But you can bet your last dollar the animal rightists won’t give up. That’s one reason why anglers and hunters must remain vigilant.

— Gene Mueller

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