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PETA's anti-fishing campaign reels in a whopper of a critic

Tim Pruitt of Alton, Ill., displays state-record 124-pound sea kitten, er, catfish, he reeled from the Mississippi River near Alton in 2005.

You may have heard about PETA's new anti-fishing campaign, which refers to fish as sea kittens.

The primary goal of the campaign is to steer kids away from fishing by associating fish with cute and cuddly animals. The colorful PETA website shares Sea Kitten stories, sells Sea Kitten T-shirts and implores children to join its Sea Kitten crusade.

An angler might irreverently respond that when a sea kitten grows up it becomes a catfish, which when seasoned with Cajun spice is downright delectable.

Fishermen might also point out that a big old catfish, long past its sea kitten days, is one of the ugliest denizens on earth (see photo).

But PETA has cast its campaign into the mainstream and received more than a few bites.

Ken Kurtis, owner of Reef Seekers dive shop in Beverly Hills, sent out a mass e-mail Tuesday after reading a Canderville comic in Tuesday's L.A. Times pertaining to the campaign.

Kurtis wasn't sure what the cartoon meant so he visited the PETA website "because I couldn't believe someone at an organization like PETA could seriously concoct something so stupid and insulting."

Kurtis continued: "This has nothing to do with what side of the conservation issue you come down on. But for those of us who regularly work in the marine conservation field, it absolutely trivializes what we try to accomplish.

"I talk with fisherman, divers, conservationists, consumptives, non-consumptives and others. All of these people, whether I agree with their position or not, have a strong love for the ocean and don't just come to their positions willy-nilly. Nor do they resort to gimmicks and stunts."

Kurtis implies that by suggesting people eat vegetables instead of fish, PETA ignores environmental damage caused by agricultural runoff; and by making kids believe all fishing is bad, PETA in turn is labeling all fishermen, including remote island villagers who subside on fishing, as villains.

Kurtis implores: "I would love a public outcry to force PETA to (1) withdraw the campaign, (2) apologize for its insulting tone and approach, and (3) fire those responsible for its inception.

The dive master has even added a link.

"I cannot in all good conscience stand idly by without trying to open PETA's eyes," Kurtis summed. "I hope you'll join me in the effort."

Something tells me this is just the kind of attention PETA was angling for.

--Pete Thomas

Photo: Tim Pruitt of Alton, Ill., displays state-record 124-pound sea kitten, er, catfish, he reeled from the Mississippi River near Alton in 2005. Credit: Associated Press

 
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The Beyond Wacky PETA walking,yammering Nutbars continue,daily, to erase the line between reality and fantasy. They are living proof that lack of essential amino acids only available in animal protein causes raving, spluttering insanity and dissociation. We are,after all, omnivores; as are our distant ape cousins.
I'm with Stephen Colbert on this one. He suggests that to balance things we should re-name cats and kittens Land Fish. Yum Yum.
PETA may be media savvy but the old programming truism of GIGO applies to them with a vengeance; Garbage In, Garbage Out. The overriding message-in-the-media that they seem to be unaware of is that THEY ARE TOTALLY OUT OF THEIR TINY MINDS.
More proof of this is their much under reported spew regarding the evils of cow's milk to make ice cream and a demand for a replacement dairy source.
Fasten your seatbelts for this one...
Human breast milk is their droolingly crazed replacement.
I wish I was kidding.
I have so many words to reply to this that I have no words.
The mental image I just conjured of Ingrid Newkirk being milked to make carrot or wheat grass ice cream just made me puke.

animals are not actually food they are other living beings, not food running around the planet waiting to be killed for din dins. we are also not cave men, give up the caveman argument please it is so so so outdated its silly. if we lived exactly like we did then okay but i think there has been a lot of progress since cave days. i find it funny how people like to attack people who do good for others( all be it animals) maybe because they feel guilty about killing just for a tasty treat. no one is perfect, peta included but their aim is to help and they do a lot of good and just because a cat fish is ugly does not mean it deserves to die.i've certainly seen some ugly people, should they die too?

PETA kills 85% of all animals they "save". They claim they are forced to kill viable animals because it is impossible to do much due to their limited budget (30mil annually). Yet PETA calls the slaughter of livestock MURDER and compares it to the Holocaust. In comparison their neighbors the Norfolk SPCA saves 73% of all animals they take in with a annual budget a fraction of a fraction of PETA.

PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk claims: "A rat is a dog is a boy". If a boy = a dog and animal "MURDER" is a acceptable practice by PETA standards, then is the killing of unwanted children acceptable? Apparently so according to PETA's logic.

PETA is against all animal medical research. Good luck living past 40 without modern medicine. If you support this then please refuse all medical treatment for you and your child since modern medicine was founded on the sacrifices of animal testing. PETAs leadership uses insulin which was tested on animals. PETA does not consider this hypocritical by any means. How convenient of them.

PETA's tax records show donations and loans made to convicted homegrown terrorist Rodney Coronado. PETA also contributed to his legal defense fund. Rodney has confessed in public lectures of firebombing private property in the name of ALF (Animal Liberation Front). PETA leadership calls this terrorist a "fine upstanding young man". Rodney has gone to college campuses to teach students to build home made firebombs.

PETA is no better than Al Qaeda, just more media savvy.

Tom, hello. That is not Kurtis in the picture!

As it says at the end of the article: "Photo: Tim Pruitt of Alton, Ill., displays state-record 124-pound sea kitten, er, catfish, he reeled from the Mississippi River near Alton in 2005. Credit: Associated Press"

Men like Kurtis know a lot more about and make a far greater effort for wildlife conservation than you ever will.

WOW !! PETA HAS FINALLY LOST IT ! ARE THESE PEOPLE SMOKING CRACK ? IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME AND ALL FISHERMAN THAT THIS BAND OF MORONS WILL TRY ANYTHING TO BACK THEIR THEORIES AND BELIEFS. TRYING THE APPROACH OF "SEA KITTENS" IS ABOUT THE WORST EFFORT I HAVE EVER SEEN TO TRY AND SUBDUE PEOPLES GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO FISH AS OUR ANCESTORS HAVE DONE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME ! FOR GOD'S SAKE JESUS WAS A FISHERMAN ! THESE PEOPLE NEED TO JUST GO AWAY AND APPLY THEIR MONEY AND EFFORTS ON FAR MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES IN OUR WORLD LIKE UNEMPLOYMENT, THE ECONOMY, HEALTHY CARE,THE HOMELESS, ETC,,,,, PEOPLE LIKE MAURA AND TOM ABSOLUTLY NEED TO GET HALF A CLUE WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. FISH AND ANIMALS ARE FOOD MAURA, FIGURE IT OUT EINSTIEN. WITHOUT IT CAVEMEN PROBABLY WOULDNT HAVE SURVIVED AND WE WOULD NOT ALL BE HERE. TOM, WHO ARE YOU TO CALL SOMEONE UGLY AND THAT HE IS FROM A TRAILER PARK ? LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND YOU WILL SEE THE BIGGEST PILE OF **** GOD EVER CREATED ! IF ANY OF YOU OR PETA KNEW 1% OF WHAT REALLY GOES ON IN OUR PLANET WITH GIGANTIC COMMERCIAL NETS, TRAPS, AND OTHER IMPLEMENTS OF MASS DESTRUCTION,, YOU WOULD NOT EVEN OPEN YOUR MOUTHS !! FISHERMEN WHO ENJOY THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHT THAT FISH WITH A FISHING POLE CAN AND WILL ONLY CATCH WHAT THEY CAN EAT AND IN MOST CASES WILL RELEASE THEIR CATCH IN THE NAME ON CONSERVANCY. SAYING THAT FISH "HURT" IS A STATEMNT ONLY A COMPLETE MORON COULD MAKE. THIS I PROMISE ALL OF YOU PETA LOVERS, ALL OF YOU NEED A KICK IN THE HEAD TO PERHAPS BRING YOU TO REALITY !! OH I'M SORRY "THAT MIGHT HURT " LOL

Good luck, PETA's world view is so warped and twisted they will just label anyone who critisices them as idiots without really explaining why.

PETA "euthanizes" far more domestic animals than the Humane Society or the SPCA. They do not believe in a no-kill policy, nor do they try to find homes for them as they do not believe humans should own animals. Google PETA and euthanizing animals; you will be surprised.

I look at this picture and think, we should be getting advice from a Kurtis type who looks like he just stepped out of a trailer park?

In a beauty contest between the underclass and a big old catfish, the catfish is a stunner

These types have rationalized their behavior for years as "conservation." They also have destroyed populations of wildlife that our kids won't get to see.

That's the problem. Real sportsmen got outnumbered by the yahoo types who
don't care, but pretend they do.

PETA’s right: Anglers should find a hobby that doesn’t involve hurting animals.

In college, I had a fish friend named Jack who used to wait for me to come home from classes. When I opened the door to my apartment, Jack would race up to the top of the tank to greet me and take food from my fingers. I recently read about a Pennsylvania man and his young son who taught their fish to swim through hoops, push fish-sized soccer balls into nets, and do other tricks.

Fish are smart, curious animals, just like the dogs and cats many of us share our homes with. If you wouldn’t hook a pussycat through the mouth for “fun,” you shouldn’t do it to a “sea kitten” either.

It is quite beyond belief that PETA would label fish as Sea Kittens...domestic cats eat more fish than just about any other species on earth.


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