The front page of the Thursday May 6 edition shows a photo of
a smiling nine-year-old child with a large fish that she "hooked", The event at
which this happened is called "Get Hooked on Fishing" and only children under 16
Why does our society, which abhors cruelty to companion
animals and is becoming more aware of the cruelty of factory farming still think
that killing a fish with a metal hook is a "sport" suitable for young children?
Another photo shows a four-year-old who "cradles the fish that he caught".
Fish have a nervous system and do feel pain. How can this be a
"contest" when only the humans are aware of it? The fish reach out for what they
think is food, they have no way of knowing they will soon be in great pain and
will be pulled to their death. The article mentions "a formidable list of
corporations, organizations and individuals who provide financial support year
The City of Poughkeepsie Recreation Department and the
Dutchess County Fish and Game Clubs are the organizers. The 719 young people who
registered for the event are learning that killing is not only fun but very much
sanctioned by the adults in the community.
The chief fund raiser is quoted as saying he is always pleased
to see the kids having a good time. What if all this effort, money,
organizational skill and family togetherness were channeled into activities that
teach reverence for life and ways to have fun together that harm no living
thing? The money and the infrastructure are there, it is the underlying premise
that needs reexamination, I believe.
Directly above the page one photo is the article "Congress
Gets Bill For War". It tells us that the Bush Administration has asked congress
for a $25 Billion Dollar down payment for next year’s operations in Iran and
Could peace begin with what we teach our children?
Roberta Schiff, Rhinebeck