Do Anglers Have Small Rods?

Published by PETA.

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: But when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child (in 1976), I entered—and “won”—a fishing contest. But when I became a man, I put away the childish rod and reel because I had learned that real men are kind to animals.




A recent study suggests that men tend to overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened, and this feeling of inadequacy can manifest itself as aggression toward others. So our friends at PETA U.K. are asking a question: Do anglers have small rods? Maybe they’re overcompensating for something. I mean, why would a grown-up impale animals with a hook, pull them up out of the water, and let them slowly suffocate? Especially when we now know that fish are complex and intelligent individuals who experience terror and suffering just as land animals do. If anglers treated cats the way they treat fish, they could be put in prison on cruelty charges!

Head over to to see what’s going on. And if you’re not someone who stakes your manhood on the state of your tackle box, click here to find out what you can do to help fish.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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