They feel pain, too!
An Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery Presentation from All-Creatures.org
This all creatures animal exploitation photo gallery about Fish is being
presented to show the public the difference between the cute animals we
see in advertising and picture in our minds and the reality that exists in the
Table of Contents
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 01
Bow fishing, like all forms of sport hunting and fishing, pits the skill of
the hunter against an innocent and defenseless animal. They enjoy what
they do, but the fish, who have no way of defending themselves, suffer
immensely and die. To take pleasure in spilling blood and causing pain and
death is demonic and a sin against God. Fish are living souls just as
we are, and they should have the right to enjoy life as God intended.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 02
The arrow violently slices through the fish's body causing immense pain.
The fish immediately begins to thrash to save his or her live and to be
free of the pain.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 03
The bow fisherman begins to pull in the line which is attached to the end of
the arrow, and the fish is pulled closer to the boat, while still struggling
to be free
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 04
Hunters like to brag about their "clean kills", but from our investigations,
these are extremely rare, as is the case with this fish who continues to
struggle violently to save his or her life.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 05
Even with the arrow sticking completely through this fish, he or she
continues to thrash violently and splashing the water with his or her tail.
The fish is obviously in great pain and struggling to be free. For
anyone to enjoy watching this kind of suffering, it shows the depravity that
is with their soul.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 06
The thrashing becomes even more violent as the fish is lifted closer to the
surface. It is obvious that these bow fisherman don't understand, or
don't want to understand, what Jesus taught us to pray for: "Thy
kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." If they
did understand, they would realize that there is no death in heaven, and to
deliberately cause death, particularly for pleasure, is going totally
against this beloved prayer, and our heavenly Fathers will.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 07
This fish is doing everything he or she can to live, but it's a futile
effort. Do the fisherman care? No...they're only interested in
killing, and in the "fun" that they are having at the expense of another living being.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 08
Because of the violent struggle, the fisherman eases the pull on the line,
giving the fish a false sense of thinking that he or she is succeeding in
trying to get away. All it really is, is more cruelty.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 09
Once again the violently thrashing and suffering fish is pulled to the
surface of the shallow water.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 10
The fish is being lifted out of the water and the full weight of the fish is
now bearing down on the flanged arrowhead causing even more pain. But
this is of no concern to the fisherman; he is enjoying himself too much to
care about the suffering fish.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 11
As the fish is lifted up, he or she keeps twisting abound the shaft of the
arrow is a frantic attempt to escape.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 12
The impaled fish is then lifted up over the rail of the boat. In
addition to the pain of the arrow, the fish is now gasping for breath, as it
gills are not designed to work properly out of the water.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 13
Holding the struggling fish by the shaft of the arrow, the fish is lowered
partially into the boat. To treat any living being like this is cruel
and inhumane, if not sadistic.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 14
The two fishermen are trying to control the writhing actions of the fish so
that they can unfasten to arrow head from the shaft, so they can retrieve
the arrow and use it to kill another fish.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 15
This suffering fish is still very much alive, and it takes both fishermen to
hold the fish so that they can remove the arrow. Their weapons of
destruction can be seen lying on the deck.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 16
In this photo, we can see the fishermen pushing the arrow further through
the fish so that they can take off the arrow head. We can only imagine
the agony that this fish must be in, but the fishermen don't care.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 17
One of the fisherman is in the process of removing the arrow head while the
fish continues to struggle.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 18
With the arrow head removed from the shaft, the fishermen lower the fish
over a large pail of dead and dying fish, and begin to shape the fish off of
the shaft, which also causes more pain and suffering.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 19
The still very much alive fish falls off the arrow shaft and into the pail
where it will be left to suffocate and bleed to death.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 20
The fish lands in the pail and continues to flow around. Now the
fishermen can return to joy of killing more fish. To deliberately
cause pain and suffering is evil.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 21)
This is another fish that is writhing in agony from being impaled on an
arrow, but the insensitive bow fishermen think it's just a great sport.
They simply don't care about the pain and suffering they cause as long as
they are having fun, and that is what makes this "sport" evil, and an
abomination before God.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 22)
The fish twists and turns and thrashes in the water in a desperate but
futile attempt to free him or herself from the agonizing arrow.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 23)
There is something very wrong with a society, and in particular the
religious community, that sits silently by in acceptance of this evil.
There should be an enormous outcry demanding an end to all blood sports and
all cruelty to animals.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 24)
The reason that we feel that the Church is so wrong about it's silence to
the suffering of these fish and other animals is that the Apostle Paul call
upon all believers, as children of God, to free the whole of creation from
the corruption to which it has been subjected (Romans 8:18-23). The
Church's silence is saying to all animal abusers that the Bible and Paul are
wring, and that people should be further corrupting the world with more
abuse and suffering. To us, this is blaspheme.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 25) The struggling fish is
pulled ever closer to the boat. This "fun sport" is part of a bow
fishing tournament to see who can kill the most fish. The carp and gar
that they are catching are considered "trash fish" and are not eaten.
They are dumped into trash cans, which further compounds this abomination.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 26)
The fish continues to struggle violently in his or her agony. The
horrible thing about this fishing tournament is that the winner was based
upon the most fish that a pain of bow fishermen could kill, and each team
tortured and killed between 200 and 300 fish.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 27)
This is another photo of the fish violently flipping to be free of the agony
of the impaling arrow.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 28)
The fish is brought aboard and held over the trash can while the fishermen
try to remove the arrow.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 29)
The agony of the fish should be obvious to anyone looking at these photos.
God did not create these fish to be tortured and killed. What these
bow fishermen are doing is an abomination before God.
(Fish - Bow Fishing - 30)
And the agony continues... Don't support any fishing contests!
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