Geez just because someone made fun of your crocs
| FISHBYFLY wrote:|
Wether it be posted in 2011,1911 or frigging 1811,
one thing will never change,
It will still be a photo of a slow moving, poor visioned, crab eating, no toothed creature , minding its own business , Now with a Bow Bolt stuck in it.
| whippersnapper wrote:|
So are we still okay with shooting/killing small brained non bipedal creatures so long as we consume them?
I just don't know anymore....to fish or not to fish?
I could totally understand some of the comments in this thread if they were posted on PETA's website, but this is a fishing forum.
Glass houses, stones, pots, kettles etc........
| Snoop wrote:|
Interesting topic. I'm a spearo - and really enjoy seeing the old stingrays and eagle rays in action. They are pretty majestic, and will relax around you, provided you are chilled around them. Part of the fun of the dive. Back in the 60s, spearo comps often used to be measured by weight, and stingrays (massive ones) were on the list. It was a tragic waste, big, graceful stingrays hung on the wharf, then dumped, and this did no favours, probably in the minds in the older generation as to the ethics of spearos. The spearfishing comps these days are selective in terms of targeting sustainable fish. Recently even golden snapper have dropped off some comps - although their stocks are fine, they dwell in schools and shallow (25-30m deep) spots soon get shot up. So, they were dropped.
Recently I purchased a compound bow, and have started chasing deer in the hills. Being partial to any type of competition I had a look at the NZ Bow Hunter's Society web site and their Master Bow Hunters award
Here's a link http://nzbowhunters.co.nz/public_html/NEW2012/awards/how-the-award-system-works/
It's a cool system in that you have to shoot a wide range of animals and critters (land and sea based to earn the title). The idea being to build your basic skill base before tackling big game. Trust me, there are some pretty talented bow hunters out there from what I've discovered.
But, unfortunately the sharks and stingrays on the list don't sit well with me. I think as a hunter, really, anything shot should be harvested and eaten. I've eaten char-grilled sticky sweet stingray served on pandan leaf in Malaysia, and it was simply outstanding. So, it is harvestable. Mako sounds yummy smoked from what I've heard.
But really, sharks and rays, probably not the best look for the organisation. It really comes down to are they making use of the resource, or just shooting it for the sake of it. Which really isn't a good look in this day and age, and pretty senseless. Hopefully they look at it soon. I, for one, wouldn't pursue the award based on this.
| Pole Dancer wrote:|
Having said that, it is a legal activity and they are, for whatever reason, enjoying their sport as are we. Our judgement doesn't mean much, if there is a real issue with this practice then it should be brought to the attention of the appropriate lawmakers and banned. If not we simply have to accept it, not like it, and get on with things.