Mr Lee would be wise to look at the Pottinger report, commissioned in part by the National Federation of Anglers, which came to the conclusion that fish can feel pain. He has also overlooked the Medway report which led to the RSPCA adopting an anti-angling approach.
As for fishermen as conservationists, I think our answer to this is best said in the words of the recent president of the National Federation of Anglers: "I tried to preach the environmental message but it fell on deaf ears... Many dyed-in-the-wool anglers don't seem to be interested in the environment because all they want to do is go fishing."
Angling is a bloodsport, regardless of what anglers like to think.
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