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April 02, 2018

Torture in the extreme

Jenny Moxham

Monbulk

Fish are not inanimate objects, so why are they treated as though they are?

They are intelligent, sensitive animals with the same capacity for suffering as our cat or dog or us.

Why are we failing to see that impaling them on sharp, metal hooks then dragging them aloft — as they terrifyingly asphyxiate — is torture in the extreme?

How ironic that World Fish Migration Day (Hughes day out for fishing fans, March 27) — the logo of which is a happy, smiling fish — will be celebrated with a fishing competition.

Leave fish alone

Diane Cornelius

Adelaide

An article in the Shepparton News refers to the Barham Angling Club, which is encouraging people to take part in a fishing competition.

Guest speaker, ecologist Ivor Stuart, will talk on, of all things, native fish recovery.

Even the Victorian Government does not see the irony of the situation.

Recreational fishing, ‘‘catching a big one’’, is killing off the largest mature fish, that are actually responsible for propagating the species.

How does that make any conservational sense?

Leave the fish in the water where they belong.

Gap keeps widening

Jiri Kolenaty

Rushworth

All abstract ideologies have merits to a different degree, but none of them is perfect.

They are appealing mostly to people belonging to the same race, nationality, political party, social class, union, religion or sex.

In harsh living conditions they can become radical and dangerously hostile.

Rather than bringing people closer together, they keep driving them further apart.

Some people may approach you in a warm, friendly manner, but when they find out, that you don’t belong to the same political party or religion, their attitude does change.

Instead of mixing with the rest of population, they keep aggregating in separate halls, clubs, churches and locations.

Their leaders as a rule are having the strongest convictions and keep making the gap between people wider.

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