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Animal rights fear as fish freed
« on: January 30, 2006, 08:48:49 PM »
From the BBC News:

"Last Updated: Sunday, 29 January 2006, 12:48 GMT 

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Animal rights fear as fish freed 
Fifty thousand fish being reared to stock a reservoir for fishermen have been freed in what is feared could be an attack by animal rights activists.
The rainbow trout should have been released gradually this year into Bewl Water on the Kent/Sussex border but many are now likely to die.

It would have taken several people with a boat to lower the heavy nets where the fish were kept.

Sussex Police said vandals or animal rights activists may be the culprits.

Lose fish

"I would like to think it wouldn't be environmentalists because a lot of the smaller fish that have been released will certainly perish," said Howard MacKenzie, Bewl's estates manager.

"We will lose an awful lot of the fish between 6in and 10in in size."

Managers are looking at alternative ways to stock the reservoir, but it could cost tens of thousands of pounds.

Workers fear for the future if they have become a target.

"We have had reports in the past of fishermen being approached by people and abused and it is worrying if that sort of thing is going to happen here," said senior ranger Robert Barden. "
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Re: Animal rights fear as fish freed
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2006, 09:40:58 AM »
I would ask a person that approaches fishermen how long they can swim or tread water. O0 That unfortunate act of sabotage by the nitwits is more like an act of lunacy. I hope they apprehend the dirty culprits, order full compensation and serious jail time.
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