Earthasone, I'm an excellent fisherman. I haven't used live bait for at least twenty-five years. Looking at one sector of the live bait industry, I've written letters to the local paper and to the MNR on the issue of frogs being sold locally for fishing expeditions. Thoughtless and cruel. I use barbless hooks and so I miss more than I should. I've always had a natural talent for the recreation. And it's relaxing.
Tenpenny, do you drive on wet nights? If you do, do you enjoy the large number of small lives you're taking? I avoid it when I can. It's a small contribution to the natural world but I make it.
And Earth, you keep on muddying the issue with references to domestic animal slaughter. It doesn't belong in this argument. Seals are targeted by humans simply because they're an easy target for small profit and the practice of an-out-of-date local tradition. They're large animals, like humans, who are totally responsible for their own welfare. Why is it that everything that doesn't have two legs and a hominid brain should be put on the harvest list? We are the only large animal in abundance then that's not subject to the same thinking we impose on all the others. I guess...we're special. We should share and not simply dominate the rest of the natural world.