But they don't, even though on many rivers they can and thats the whole point of the argument really.
Very few freshwater fish are eaten by regular anglers, its not in our culture, and failing a third world war with food shortages, never will be. Far more fish meet their fate from mishandling and being stuffed into overly small keepnets, than being stuffed into your gob.
The only anglers that take freshwater fish tend to be those that enjoy an occasional perch, small pike or zander. If that's wrong, then eating cod, hake, wild trout and all of the rest is also wrong. The brits are notorious for taking relationships with animals to a ridiculous length. Eat a cow but not a horse. Eat a rabbit but not a cat. If you're a veggie then I understand why you don't eat animals, if you're not, then differentiating between a perch and a piece of deep fried cod on a friday night makes no sense. Neither is there any difference between a bunny out of a pet shop and a wild rabbit shot on the moors... same animal,...different relationship.
Everyone makes a choice about their diet, but rarely is it a choice that the rest of us have a right to challenge. I love to eat fish and have eaten freshwater ones too, although not often and rarely in the UK. The french have a reputation for eating everything edible that they catch...they will say that its a question of not wasting free food, perhaps they are right. For sure we have no right to say...hey you can't do that....and before anyone makes the mistake of believing that french freshwater fisheries are dying on their feet, then you should be aware that in spite of french anglers chewing on a tasty perch occasionally, their fisheries are more protected than ours (overly so) and are generally in better shape than ours.
Edited by argyll, 09 April 2006 - 02:48 PM.