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Fishing Down 12% in Five Years

Written by PETA | July 3, 2007

I just saw this Newsweek story about the latest trends in fishing and hunting. To put it in a nutshell, a five year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study just reported a sharp decline in the number of Americans participating in fishing and hunting. Interestingly enough, this doesn’t mean that people aren’t spending time in the outdoors (“wildlife watching” is up eight percent). It seems that people are simply choosing to look at animals without killing them a lot more.

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The bottom line? Check out the ending of the piece: “The real lesson of the report is that as a nation we’re gradually finding new, less violent ways to interact with nature. If this keeps up it won’t be long before Elmer Fudd goes after Bugs Bunny with a pair of binoculars.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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  • Texas Huntress says:

    Funny how you guys skew the stats. Hunting among WOMEN has increased over 40 in the last few years Hmmm…

  • Justin says:

    Why can’t we kill animals for food? what is wrong with fishing. Are we animals? We have canine teeth. They are made for tearing flesh. Should we treat all animals equally? Why is it that humans are the only animals that care about the lives of other animals? If we are biologically made for eating meat why can’t we? Then are we different from animals? are we special? Are we superior? Are we morally allowed to use animals. Or are we inferior to animals? Why then do we care for animals and they don’t care for us.

  • HunterBC says:

    I would love to see the facts and figures as to how much money into wildlife conservation PETA has donated in their lifetime compared to what local sportsman hunters fisherman put into conservation on a yearly basis. As for this comment “The best way to “hunt” wildlife is unobtrusively with your camera. I never have and never will hunt with a gun but I’m quite certain that “hunting” for that perfect pic takes a lot more skill.” That’s laughable. I’d love to take you hunting. I fish I hunt I eat red meat and I even hug the occasional tree. C.S. British Columbia Canada.

  • Jacob says:

    Im with Michael on this one. Hunters do more for the animals than a lot of antihunters think. Ducks Unlimited is obviously a very important factor in protecting ducks by saving the wetlands and improving them. Oh but wait wouldn’t that cost a lot of money and so where the heck are they going to get that money. I know according to DU’s website migratory bird hunters in 2001 spent more than 1.4 billion dollars on hunting supplies and services and most of that money goes to DU’s nonprofit organization if its sponsored by DU. And that number goes up every year.

  • Maya says:

    Michael no disrespect but if you can’t even spell “conservation” correctly you should not claim to be an expert on it. The reason prey animals are overpopulated is because all of their predators have been killed off by hunters. Deer were not starving and diseased until all the wolves were shot. Only nature can control overpopulated animals in an effective manner. Hunters are not as good at knowing which animals are diseased and old and thus cannot balance the ecosystem. No human can.

  • Michael says:

    If everyone stopped hunting and used their camera to shoot animals there would be no more animals in the wild. It is a little thing called CONCERVATION!! If everyone was like all of you at peta animals would starve and disease would spread. Responsible hunters have a great love for the outdoors. More than any person at peta could understand. So the more you keep trying to get hunters out of the woods more and more animals will die due to low concervation efforts. Hunters and fishermen are the greatest concervationest out there.

  • rick says:

    Tragic fishing is the essence perfection. A lake a pole friends and long lazy afternoons nothing is better. PETA’s major malfunction is that no one took any of them fishing as a kid. RHC is right mostly.

  • Warwak says:

    Wildone Those scrapers are a lot taller than they look. I think were going to need a bigger trampoline!

  • Running Wild says:

    warwak it’s fine that you get mad too so put your sporting shoes speed and jump from the next skyscraper because you and your wisdom arrived at the end of the line…

  • Warwak says:

    I love and agree with Running Wild’s comments those immature comments had it coming. People like that get me mad too. They want us to waste time with them it is their fun and that is why they post. Regardless they need to hear it every time ignorance speaks. No more Mr. Nice guy!

  • Running Wild says:

    to RHC thank you for the compliment to be called crazy strengthens me on my way because anotherone before you called me like that and this was a mastervivisector of a university who died mad in nightmares! to susannah i respect your point but it is impossible for me to find nice words for people who torture animals to death and find pleasure in that and who are thinking that we should be grateful for it!!!

  • Susannah says:

    Dear Running Wild I understand both your message and your feelings but raging and namecalling only hurts our cause I think. If the point is to attract people to our lifestyle sugaras in kindness not sugarcoating often works better than vinegar.

  • RHC says:

    You know it is people like Judith and “Running Wild” that make me seriously question the ethics of PETA. Also knowing that the article came from PETA makes me question the facts. I have read horror stories about “sportsmen” but I have also read that alot of their permits fund wildlife programs. The truth is probably somewhere in between but the fishermen do have a reason to keep fish numbers high and therefore would be more likely to fund fish projects or something like that. But then again PETA’s entire message is basically total animal freedom. Maybe the reason fishing is down is because PETA has made it harder for fishermen to fish. Maybe it is because there are fewer places to fish and more people growing up in the cities. The only thing that I am certain about is that Running Wild and Judith are crazy.

  • Running Wild says:

    This to the hunters and fishers doing every abominable thing you like is not freedom freedom is to follow the inner voice or the conscience which tells you this is just or unjust abusing animals for sport or any other insane entertainment is not freedom but fascism which is forced on an other species and on a minority of people with a conscience! The human being is not a wild animal which is free to behave according to his whims but a humane person equipped with a brain telling him to do the right thing! Hunters and fishers are telling us that the human being is just an animal hunting other animals and that he has the right to do so so why is it that on the other hand the vivisectors tell us that the humans are not animals for this they can abuse other species and do with them whatever they like!!!??? You see the controversy this means you fucking hunters fishers vivisectors bullfighters are all dishonest cheaters and fascist liars! Now the next one to post here shall not tell me that the hunters are considering the humans as nonanimals because there they have to admit that they force another species into a position contradictory to human dignity because if the human is not an animal it is not given to him to kill and abuse other living beings but to use his intelligence for to avoid it! If he is not able to do so he is neither an animal nor a human but a killing monster disturbing the living beings and he belongs eliminated or behind bars! And something else It is not PETA who dictates to others what they have to do If you could think you would already have remarked that they would not post you here but it’s you animal killers who are forcing for example on me your fucking cursed animal killing and fascist international laws are protecting you. If I go out for to kill you it’s me who goes to prison you got it? you damned scum???? So go out and enjoy your ill passtimes and me I remain in my home and wish you something…………

  • Stpn2me says:

    I for one LOVE to fish. Thank god for the USA where a person can do what they WANT not what other’s feel is correct.

  • Warwak says:

    Fishing bonds family. My Father fed me meat and taught me how to fish. We would go on fishing vacations together. I believed eating meat and fishing was normal healthy and right. I became a meateating fishing guide on Lake Geneva Wisconsin. As I grew up and my Dad grew older roles reversed and I would take my Dad fishing on my boat and I would bring the sandwiches meat. Even Jesus was a fisherman. I believed as many others still do that fishing gets people in touch with nature. This is true but unfortunately it is a cold killing touch with nature. A touch no different from hunters even I a meateating fishing guide so despised. When we kill we detach ourselves from the process even when the very reason we are partaking ourselves in the process of fishing is to trick torment and kill. This is the reality of how we get in touch with nature. It took me a long time to unlearn what my parents instilled in me from the onset. Now I am a proud Vegan and no longer fish. I speak of veganism at every chance I can and have converted many people to the vegan lifestyle. When it comes to less people fishing and more people truly enjoying nature without inflicting harm I can say first hand this article hit home.

  • Robert says:

    Good Lord! Looks like I have to get out on the lake.

  • jonny says:

    thats a load a shit i read a report that said its up like 10 percent

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    Thank goodness somebody’s hearing our voices… Judith

  • Michael says:

    The best way to “hunt” wildlife is unobtrusively with your camera. I never have and never will hunt with a gun but I’m quite certain that “hunting” for that perfect pic takes a lot more skill.

  • K says:

    Hunting fishing down 12? Wow! Woot woot!

  • Michael says:

    The best way to “hunt” wildlife is unobtrusively with your camera. I never have and never will hunt with a gun but I’m quite certain that “hunting” for that perfect pic takes a lot more skill. And to paraphrase The Byrds you’ll feel a whole lot better of yourself.

  • Chris says:

    Well said!!

  • Michele says:

    Yay! This is great news!

  • Maya says:

    I think it’s wonderful that killing is not such a popular family activity. Good. I would be more happy about the fishing part if that means less actual fishing but massive numbers of fish are still being harvested with nets not only depelting populations but also killing whales seals seabirds turtles sharks sawfish the list goes on and on. While the quaint family activities have been toned down the largescale pollution and taking of wildlife is worse than ever. Keep up the good work PETA! We still need you big time.

  • Brianna Fritchey says:

    Finally some progress!