We have all seen the small fishing operation that Bass Pro, Cabela’s and other outdoor retailer set up for events. It gives the kids a chance to catch a fish and is great fun for the whole family.
I never really gave much thought as to what happens to the fish after the event is over. Are they eaten? Are they released? Are they killed and thrown out? Honestly, I do not know. A video was posted to social media this past week that is causing a stir and is bringing the ethics of these fishing promotions into question.
Michael Johnson posted a video of Cabela’s employees cleaning out the tank and hitting the fish on the head. Here is Michael’s first-hand account.
So on my way to take my wife a coffee at work I see the local Cabelas staff cleaning out the fish tank that they have had set up for some time now for one of their local event they put on and now I see how they get rid of the fish. This is absolutely disgusting when I first pulled up they were cheering as they smacked these fish in the head with clubs. Not sure what the policy is on this but I don’t think on Father’s Day afternoon is probably your best time to be beating and stomping on fish. Thanks Bass Pro Shop and Cabala’s for making it an easy choice not to shop at your stores ever again. Please share this makes me so damn sick.
Reading the comments there seems to be some mixed feeling, but overall people seem to think Cabela’s should have done things differently.
Personally, I have no problem killing fish. I just hope someone ate those fish and they did not go to waste.