Livebaiting really is barbaric.
I don't feel strongly about it enough not to fish or talk about it on a forum, in fact I don't feel strongly about it all but I do acknowledge it is cruel, maybe barbaric is the wrong term. Peter is right about what I said above, the good outweighs the bad but even then I don't do it for that, I have no altruistic aims when I fish, it is purely for me and my own enjoyment which outweighs any other consideration. I agree with you about introductions of any sort, I think there is an amount of cruelty involved in that as wellI don't think fishing is barbaric, if any of you feel so strongly about then why post on a fishing forum?
If everything goes to plan the fish is hooked through it's lips, very rarely ever bleeds and is put back unharmed.
I no longer livebait as putting hooks through somethings body isn't to my personal likeing.
Introducing foreign species which do no end of damage to not only fish but mammales, avian and anphibian creatures is barbaric and criminal, and the selfish anglers who do it and the others that condone it are definately barbaric scrotes.
We certainly are when we hook a fish through the flesh to try and catch one of those brutes. God had a bad day at the office when he created Wels.
But pike are worse,you don't get cats ambushing fish you are playing,well I never have,they are just a fish Mike,not satan reincarnated...