The fishing industry needs to be abolished. As does 'sport' fishing, also known as angling, which is yet another shameful bloodsport. Just because angling is legal does not make it morally acceptable.

Just as with hunting and shooting, 'sport' fishing, or angling, revolves around using and causing suffering to a living creature to provide amusement for human beings. Every year millions of fish suffer and many thousands die, worldwide, as a result of their experiences at the hands of anglers.

Fish are vertebrates with a brain, a central nervous system and pain receptors all over their bodies, including their lips – which cause them to feel extreme pain when their mouths are pierced by hooks.

After being hauled from the water they experience an excruciatingly painful decompression, followed by a slow, distressing death by suffocation.

Angling inflicts injury, causes pain and trauma to the fish and even if the fish is to be returned to the water, death can still result from handling. Even when using wet hands an angler will remove the protective outer mucous layer, leaving the fish open to infection when returned to the water.

There are other negative impacts of angling. Nylon line frequently breaks when hooks become snagged on underwater obstructions or bankside vegetation, or is discarded when it gets tangled during casting. It is only very slowly biodegradable and is the cause of death and injury to millions of animals, including waterfowl, such as swans and ducks.

Fish are intelligent individuals who feel pain in the same way that dogs and cats do. Fish learn by watching other fish, recognize each other, remember one another, and exhibit some behaviour comparable to primates’ behaviour.

So why do you think that it’s an acceptable activity to kill them?

Fishing is not a hobby - it's a bloodsport. It's time to ban it!

So, what are we doing about it?


Another form of bloodsport, fishing needs to be stopped. NARA has protested and disrupted fishermen numerous times, and have taken direct action against them by confiscating crustaceans and releasing them back into the sea. This isn't going to stop any time soon - join us next time!


Often the forgotten victims in vegan campaigns, educating people on the fact that fish are sentient is a huge priority. If you would like to help spread awareness on this important issue, let us know and we will send you a leaflet pack.


If fishing was illegal, it would save millions of lives every year. Contact your local TD and council, and ask them to put a ban on fishing in your local area! Not sure what to say? Email us for advice!

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