I don’t know about you, but this image kinda made me retch a wee bit.
It’s not Shane Jones in shorts, it’s that magnificent 305kg blue marlin.
Let me get all my hypocrisy cards out on the table up front. I eat meat, I try and make it organic and cruelty free. I also fish. Off a wharf or a boat, nothing flash, just a cheap fishing rod and a packed lunch type of fishing.
So I’m a hypocrite of the first degree for trying to make my consumption of other sentient life somehow less awful than what Shane here has done.
But somehow I kinda think it is.
I try and only eat ethical no cruelty meat, this incredible animal however was effectively tortured for an hour getting dragged around the back of a vehicle until it died from exhaustion.
When you think about it, could there be any more cancer inducing flesh? An animal that has spent the last hour of its life thrashing around tearing every muscle in a toxic explosion of frantic energy.
That just sounds like a tumour magnet doesn’t it?
We would be appalled if Shane had hooked a cow off the back of a truck and dragged it around for an hour, they’d be no round of applause or the what-a-big-bloke style commentary. There would be a hushed horrific silence as Shane stands there on his tippie toes like a proud wee boy whose just horrifically tortured a large land mammal for an hour.
The argument to all of this is that fish can’t feel pain. A 2012 study found that fish didn’t have the right nociceptors for pain that mammals have, which they argue suggests that fish are unlikely to feel pain or feel a lesser amount and type of pain.
So let’s hope for the Marlin’s sake that it was all shits and giggles right up until it died. That all makes it fine and dandy I spose.
The fact that we have so few of these giants left in our waters just adds misery to ugliness.