- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 1, 2006


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

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide