Humans are omnivores, they eat everything. It is not likely that the majority of people will become “true” vegetarians, i.e.: not eating fish, fowl, bovine, eggs, etc. Humans not only like their steaks, but they enjoy the entire procedure from the hunt to the table. Angling is one of the oldest and most popular of these ancient food gathering processes.
There are two distinct ways of fishing humane and inhumane. A human angler catches only what will be eaten. The fish is killed quickly and not dangled on a string to keep them alive and suffering so they are fresh for the pan. The humane angler does not through back a catch.
It is a scientific fact that fish feel pain. They have approximately 58 nerve sensors in the head and 22 sense pain. The face nerves are as sensitive as those in human eyes. The skin is even more sensitive. The fact is that fish have a lower threshold of pain than humans.
Fish out of water and handled causes extreme stress on the heart. This lowers the immune system which can lead to disease. No one would want to eat a diseased fish.
The tendency of the human race is to fear that which is different from them. Human to human or human to anything else is treated with cruelty and disrespect as a result. The excuse that anglers use to justify their"sport"no long holds water. Fish are thinking and feeling creatures and though they are part of the food chain should be treated as such.
The lakes and streams of Wisconsin team with life. Many Milwaukeeans are anglers. Fishermen know how to enjoy the “sport” and keep the fish healthy all that is needed is to do it.