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NFC: From the PETA PEOPLE
Looks like I have made it to the PETA list....Ohhh Yuk this came in my
mail a bit ago....What next protecting Cobras in babys cribs
STOP CFRU'S CRUEL "CARP FISHING DERBY"
Fishing (angling) is cruel, - plain and simple. Numerous marine
biologists, Nobel laureates, and activists have repeatedly stated that
sport fishing is inherently inhumane, frequently leading to injury and
even death of the fish caught, and often desensitizing the individuals
Yet some still practice their fishing ways. Others use fishing as a tool
to make money. This is the case with regards to CFRU 93.3 FM the Campus
Community radio station based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Despite having one of the few radio shows dedicated solely to Animal
Rights issues in Canada (the Voice of the Voiceless) broadcasting from
studios, CFRU has decided that a "CARP FISHING DERBY" would be a
lucrative and non-cruel fundraising event.
This event is scheduled to occur on Sunday, August 15 from 9am to 9pm.
event involves the catching of carp using corn, placing caught fish in a
holding tank, weighing and sizing the fish, taking pictures of the top
prize winners with their catches, and then releasing the fish.
Please help stop this cruel means of raising funds. When sending letters
or phoning your concerns, try to provide an alternate means of raising
funds that represents a humane means of fundraising.
Demand that CFRU, its' board of directors and staff stop this cruel
You can voice your displeasure and anger by calling CFRU at
extension 6919, or by phoning directly to their music request line at
Letters can be written to:
Staff and Board of Directors
University Centre Level 2
University of Guelph
Or alternately faxed to 519-763-9603
This is an urgent appeal, so please call or send letters immediately.
more protests that are made, the less likely this event has of being
or turned into an annual event.
According to Dutch researcher John Verheijen and his
co-workers, the pain resulting from injury by the hook
contributes less to the fish's suffering than fear. This
conclusion was reached following comparisons of the
behavior of the carp after being caught on a hook. Some
of the hooked fish were held with a slack line, while
others were held with the line pulled taut. In the
experiments described in New Scientist, April 2, 1987, it
was observed that those not held on a taut line ate
again soon after release, but those subjected to line
pressure avoided food for a considerable time
afterwards. After being hooked, the fish darted, dived,
spat and shook their heads as if trying to expel
unwanted food. A few minutes after pressure was
applied to the line, the carp began to display a type of
behavior called 'spitgas,' prolonged spitting of gas from
the swim bladder, which resulted in their sinking when
the line was finally slackened. Additional experiments
used electrical currents to produce more precise pain
stimuli; after several minutes of exposure, the carp
began spitting gas and sinking. Stated Verheijen, 'The
delay between the painful stimulation and the responses
of spitgas and sinking indicated a series of ongoing
biochemical and physiological processes associated
-- Fox, Michael W., D.V.M., Ph.D., "Do Fish
Have Feelings?," The Animals' Agenda,
July/August 1987, pp. 24-29.
Help Preserve our Aquatic Heritage join the Native Fish Conservancy
at our website http://www.nativefish.org