like i said, i'm not passing judgement. it's nebulous enough an issue that i can't possibly equate hooking a fish and releasing it to slaughtering bambi. but i have become uncomfortable with it because at the end of the day, whether it's heavy pain, light pain, fear, terror, anxiety, or confusion, it's a cost borne by another living being for the sake of my hobby. ...which sucks. there's nothing quite like popping a topwater across a lake a dusk and landing a behemoth.
er okay well here's an article from one year later from the same source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2662297/Fish-feelings-Expert-claims-creatures-experience-pain-way-humans-better-treated.html
that's up for debate, and plenty of research has shown the existence of sensory perception in the nose/mouth area of fish. and besides that there's the anxiety you're causing. i don't judge anyone that does it, i just can't do it anymore. not unless it's something i'm catching for the specific purpose of eating.
i remember watching someone's training camp video of cam hucking a bomb like fifty yards down the field and steve smith shaking his head in disbelief in an interview and talking almost breathlessly about what the new quarterback could do. steve smith never talked breathlessly or seemed in awe, and i knew at that point we had something special on our hands.
that's a myth people tell themselves to make sure they don't feel any guilt whatsoever about their sport. studies demonstrate they definitely feel paid. i vacillated between "damn this is torture for my own entertainment" and "whatever it's just a dumb fish" for years before finally deciding to be done with it entirely. which sucks, i love the thrill and the art of it, but i can't justify it anymore.
the south does have statistically significant margins of measurable correlations to racism though, including poor education systems, terrible high school graduation rates, sludgy class mobility, and lower mean income compared to the national averages. these things can combine in a region with a long history of racism and allow it to remain much more acceptable for a much longer amount of time than in other places around the USA.
no one actively harbors hate for black people. they love black people and even have black friends. it's just that *looks both ways* they __________________ (insert sentiment about black culture, black incarceration rates, african-american english, The Race Card, or welfare statistics) this is why analyzing who appears to hate black people is a flawed methodology. if racism was as simple as bigots yelling their hatred of black people, the problem could be easily eradicated. instead it exists hidden in structures and institutions, lurking in asymmetrical social and economic outcomes. it is perpetuated in the normalization of attitudes and ideas about the way things are and how things have come to be. also consider the possibility that your sample size may be too small to draw a large-scale understanding of race relations in the south or elsewhere. and, of course, consider the fact that political maneuvers reflect a constituency, so if a constituency base is a bunch of assholes, then yes, an entire party could be built along asshole lines. lastly, i agree with you: it's been interesting to watch how different people react to the cecil issue. i've seen quite a few surprises, both in outraged people who i thought would be ranting about numbnuts liberals, and listless shrugs by people i'd have expected to be screaming about animal rights.
oooh look at me i'm shirtless holding a dead animal that i'm not going to eat ending lives for sport is uncivilized and gross. it takes a sick individual to see a beautiful animal in another country and think to end its life rather than appreciate it. i used to be an avid bass fisherman, but i gave it up because i found it increasingly difficult to justify causing living beings pain for reasons other than my own subsistence.