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‘Trash’ the Fishing Tournaments, PETA Urges Bay Basis

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July 21, 2022

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Annapolis, Md. – This morning, PETA despatched a letter to Chesapeake Bay Basis President and CEO Hilary Harp Falk urging her to cancel the upcoming Maryland and Virginia “Rod and Reef Slam: Angling for Oyster Restoration” fishing tournaments and exchange them with occasions that profit animals and the surroundings, corresponding to “trash fishing.” The bay is awash with litter, together with plastic particles that harms animals and is a pollutant, and contributors on this well-liked pastime accumulate trash and harmful discarded fishing strains, floats, and hooks, which wildlife rehabilitators say are among the many biggest threats dealing with aquatic life—and spare fish the immense ache of being pierced via their mouths and pulled out of their house.

PETA notes that research have proven that fish who’re caught after which returned to the water, as within the “catch-and-release” fishing promoted by the deliberate tournaments, can expertise extreme physiological stress and sometimes die of shock.

“Saving the bay means permitting all its inhabitants to reside in peace,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA suggests urgently changing merciless fish-tormenting tournaments with humane, environmentally pleasant trash-fishing competitions.”

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure or abuse in every other means”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

PETA’s letter to Falk and the Chesapeake Bay Basis follows.

July 21, 2022

Hilary Harp Falk

President and CEO

Chesapeake Bay Basis

Expensive Ms. Falk:

I’m writing on behalf of Folks for the Moral Therapy of Animals U.S.—PETA entities have greater than 9 million members and supporters globally and greater than 230,000 in Maryland and Virginia—in response to complaints we’ve obtained concerning your Virginia and Maryland Rod & Reef Slam fishing tournaments. We respectfully request that you just cancel these dangerous tournaments, as they contradict your acknowledged objective of “talking for fish,” and exchange them with occasions that remember fish in a means doesn’t maim or kill them, corresponding to “trash fishing” competitions. These would enable fish to thrive whereas serving to deal with air pollution within the Chesapeake Bay—together with deserted fishing nets and monofilament line, the commonest and dangerous type of particles affecting aquatic animals. Enable me to elaborate.

Fishing disrespects the surroundings and the animals who reside in it and sends the damaging message that it’s enjoyable to kill susceptible people. Whether or not folks like to consider it or not, fish are sentient beings able to experiencing worry and ache—together with the ache of hooks piercing their delicate mouths, which have many nerve endings. It’s no extra acceptable to hurt fish than it’s to hurt every other residing, feeling beings. You might know that fish who’re launched after being hooked usually die from their accidents, and no less than one out of three fish who’re caught and thrown again into the water experiences such extreme psychological misery that they die of shock.

Yearly, anglers worldwide depart behind a path of victims that features turtles, birds, and different animals who maintain debilitating accidents after swallowing fishhooks or turning into entangled in fishing line. Already this yr, a record-high 58 sea turtles have been hooked within the decrease Chesapeake Bay and close by ocean waters, in line with the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Heart. As well as, current analysis estimates that leisure fishers are accountable for catching nearly one million tons of fish yearly, which has lengthy been recognized to contribute to a decline in fish populations and biodiversity.

We hope your conservation work will embrace permitting fish and different marine life to reside by canceling these fishing tournaments. Thanks to your consideration.

Very actually yours,

Ingrid Newkirk




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