Just back from Lake Bonney up in the Riverlands, and was watching a couple of local fishermen casting their rods into the lake.
Now, there are a few edible "nice" fish in the lake, but unfortunately also lots of the dreaded carp, which seems to be the persona non grata of the fish world here in Australia, so much so that I believe it's a fineable offence to actually put a caught carp back into the water.
Anyway, these guys had caught quite a few carp, and had just left them to slowly suffocate on the shore. For a couple of hours in one case, these poor fish lay there slowly gasping. I think that's cruel. Ok, if they hit the things over the head, or do something to kill them fast, but to let them suffer and slowly die like that just goes against everything that's humane in my opinion. Couple of years ago we were watching people fishing off the jetty at Second Valley, and some of the fishermen there were doing the same with some cuttlefish.
Now I understand the reasoning behind not putting carp back in, I've heard all the arguments about how bad they are, and why, but does that mean we have the right to torture them in this way?
I've gone right off fishermen..... some of them anyway.