Can Vegans Fish If They Let it Go? (aka catch and release)

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I’ve seen a few people try to argue in favor of catching and releasing fish being vegan.

But the answer is always the same – it isn’t.

Being vegan is about reducing the suffering you cause as much as possible.

When you hook a fish, and then take it out of the water, even briefly, it suffers.

There’s not much more to say. Does a fish feel too much pain from a single hook? Probably not, but it’s still pain and suffering. There’s no wiggle room here.

If you still want to enjoy fishing, or the fishing environment that you’re used to, you do have a few options that are actually vegan.

Alternatives to Fishing For Vegans

The best substitute is to use a vegan lure, available here.

vegan fishing lure

There’s no hook and you don’t actually catch any fish.

The lure is filled with fish food which will attract fish up to your rod. It lets you enjoy all the other aspects of fishing and you still get to see fish up close.

Or, if you still want to reel in something, try magnet fishing, which lets you pull metal trash out of water. 

Relaxing, challenging, and you’re actually doing something good for the environment. There’s even a subreddit for magnet fishing if you’re looking for a community to join.

Finally, if you fish more to see nature and relax, consider going boating and taking pictures of animals you see instead.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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