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September 10, 2008

Discussion Topic: Swiss Ban Catch-And-Release Fishing

By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

According to the article below, they also don’t want folks fishing with bait, leaving pet fish alone, or leaving pigs unwashed.

From the Examiner:

Fish are to be protected under [new] Swiss legislation for the first time ever in response to the government’s acceptance of studies showing that, like other animals, fish do suffer.

Under the new legislation, aquarium fish can no longer be flushed down the toilet alive, but must be stunned and killed first. . . . It will [also] be considered abuse for a sociable fish to be kept alone.
Anglers will no longer be able to participate in catch and release fishing and will not be allowed to use live bait. . . .

Pigs, who cherish their moments in the mud, will now be entitled to a shower under the new law.

Has the world gone completely mad?

I honestly wasn’t sure this story was for real until I found additional sources, including this, from ESPN:

It was revealed this week that catch-and-release fishing will be banned in Switzerland, starting next year.

And anglers in the country will have to demonstrate their expertise by taking a course on humane methods of catching fish, under new legislation outlined by the Bundesrat (the Swiss Federal Parliament).

The new legislation states that fish caught should be killed immediately following their capture, with a sharp blow to the head from a blunt instrument. Under the new regulations, the use of live bait and barbed hooks is also prohibited, except in certain situations.

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from Martin Hogan wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Who would fund a study like that? Only an animal protectionist group with a big, fat agenda! If the sportsmen and chics of the Swiss don't unite and rebut and kill that proposal, well, sorry to say; better get out the indutrial strength head and shoulders for porky!

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from William wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Maybe switzerland has a problem with people torturing fish? I wouldn't even know how someone begins to torture fish. It sounds like the Swiss know how to do this. Different country- who knows?

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from CHIDJM wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

will someone please say "April Fools" now?at least, i hope this is all a European joke....

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from Scrap5000 wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

oh...my...friggin...GOD!!!! Is it something in the water, the air, the soil?? The world has completely lost it.

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

idiots!!! wash pigs? abuse of keeping a lone fish?! god.... i thought it couldn't get any worse.

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from Andrew wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

They must be insane! I even heard Obama was polling well there.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Fraking lunatics in Continental Europe. Nothing new there.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

I guess all the holes in Switzerland are not in the cheese.Your can list the places they now seem to be located.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

The Swiss are completely out of their minds.

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from Jay wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

I think the end times are here. We have russia now wanting to revel in their Soviet days by invading Georgia, we got wackos running the countries of Iran, Korea and Venzuela, we have americans that think putting a dog collar on a terrorist is inhumane and torture while the terrorists are busy lopping peoples heads off and dragging the bodies down the street behind a car and we have a presidential nominee that wants to sit down with these same terrorists and sing kume-by-ya. Amazing. I think I'm ready to check out of here.

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from Dirty1 wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Why the hell would they care about barbless hooks if you can't release the fish??? Wouldn't they want to INCREASE the chance that the fish will end up in the net rather than get hooked, get off, then suffer the pain in the lip???

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from Martin Hogan wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Who would fund a study like that? Only an animal protectionist group with a big, fat agenda! If the sportsmen and chics of the Swiss don't unite and rebut and kill that proposal, well, sorry to say; better get out the indutrial strength head and shoulders for porky!

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from William wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Maybe switzerland has a problem with people torturing fish? I wouldn't even know how someone begins to torture fish. It sounds like the Swiss know how to do this. Different country- who knows?

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from CHIDJM wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

will someone please say "April Fools" now?at least, i hope this is all a European joke....

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from Scrap5000 wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

oh...my...friggin...GOD!!!! Is it something in the water, the air, the soil?? The world has completely lost it.

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

idiots!!! wash pigs? abuse of keeping a lone fish?! god.... i thought it couldn't get any worse.

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from Andrew wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

They must be insane! I even heard Obama was polling well there.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Fraking lunatics in Continental Europe. Nothing new there.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

I guess all the holes in Switzerland are not in the cheese.Your can list the places they now seem to be located.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

The Swiss are completely out of their minds.

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from Jay wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

I think the end times are here. We have russia now wanting to revel in their Soviet days by invading Georgia, we got wackos running the countries of Iran, Korea and Venzuela, we have americans that think putting a dog collar on a terrorist is inhumane and torture while the terrorists are busy lopping peoples heads off and dragging the bodies down the street behind a car and we have a presidential nominee that wants to sit down with these same terrorists and sing kume-by-ya. Amazing. I think I'm ready to check out of here.

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from Dirty1 wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

Why the hell would they care about barbless hooks if you can't release the fish??? Wouldn't they want to INCREASE the chance that the fish will end up in the net rather than get hooked, get off, then suffer the pain in the lip???

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