PETA calls for kindness to Illinois fish
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Wednesday, 25 January 2006 10:46

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group has appealed for Illinois to demand fishermen be kind to fish, whether they keep them or throw them back.

In a letter to the state Department of Natural Resources, which issues fishing licenses, the animal rights group suggested fishermen agree to follow a "Code of Angling Ethics" before they're issued a license, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

"Just like dogs and cats, fish feel pain, so if you wouldn't hook dogs through the mouth and drag them behind your car, you shouldn't hook fish through the mouth and drag them behind your boat," said PETA's fish empathy project manager, Karin Robertson.

A spokesman for the Illinois DNR said the letter is under review.

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