I try to avoid doing stories on PETA wherever possible because I realize most of what they do is for one purpose — to gain publicity. But sometimes they have material that is so good I can’t resist passing it up. Amanda Beard posing nude was one of those moments. Sending a letter to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to ask the Mocs to shut down their fishing team is another. True story.
The Chattanoogan got a hold of the letter sent to the chancellor of Terrell Owens’ alma mater. PETA wants the chancellor to shut down the school’s fishing team, “the Mocs Bass Anglers, because of the suffering that fishing causes to animals and the dangerous message it sends to students.” They even went on to say “Fishing is a blood sport that causes immense physical and psychological suffering.”
I’ll let you marinate on that whole “blood sport” comparison because last I checked that was a badass Van Damme movie, but what do I know. I do have two points I’d like to make here. One, if we’re not to kill other animals, how will we feed ourselves? Why doesn’t some PETA person ‘splain me that one. Two, why is it that hunting certain animals, fishing, and horse racing are completely acceptable in society (and in some cases sports of the upper class), but dog fighting lands people federal prison? Just asking because there seems to be inconsistencies with the system. Thanks for the time, I’ll hang up and listen.