It's not over as yet.
PETA has not managed to convince many people within the media that it's campaign is just. The few interviews and programs that Dawn Carr (PETA's European Campaign Manager) has been involved in haven't gone her way. The main organisations which represent the UK angler have so far presented their (our) arguments very well and managed to successfully sway the audiences and listeners away from Dawn's argument.
Saying that, with the funding that she has and bearing in mind that she is dedicated to her campaign, it's a bit of "It's not over 'til the fat lady sings"
At the end of the day, Jeremy Paxman summed it up with-
quote: "Miss Carr is ambitious. She not only wants to stop us catching fish, she wants us to stop eating them too. She even wants to liberate fish from aquariums because they are kept there against their will, don't get any exercise and are 'deprived of any entertainment'. Presumably, if they had access to video games, they'd be fine"
On the 'Late Night London' Televised debate LWT 6/8/01
Angling was represented by Keith Arthur, Peter Rainbow (victim of saboteurs), Charles Jardine (Countryside Alliance), Martin Salter (MP Reading West), Martin Haberfield (Fish Biologist), Brendan May (Marine Stewardship Council), David Bird (National Anglers Alliance), John Wright (Angling Journalist)
Anti-Angling was represented by Dawn Carr (PETA), Alex Bourke, Dr Richard Ryder(Medway Report Author), Tony Waddle, (Former angler), Max Gastone (Anti-fishing Campaigner), Neal Buchoke (Fishing saboteur)
These are the main people that were on the show and Angling was very well backed by the above.
The star of the show was Brendan May, he came across very well, stoped Dawn Carr in her tracks and put some very good and thought out points across for Angling. Martin Salter (MP) also had Carr stumped when he asked her about the fact that USA is the biggest polluter in the world and why is PETA not doing something about that if they realy care about animals etc.
Dawn Carr came across very weak, had no real agument against Angling as such.
NON of the Anti's had any concrete evidence to work with and kept referring to the Medway report, other then that they had nothing else to go on.
Angling won that round by a long way BUT we all know we have a very long and bumpy road to go down before we can sit back and rest.
(Thanks to The Tangler for the above report)
Looks like Ms Carr didn't quite anticipate the reaction that she would get coming across the big pond. Then again PETA have been "fighting" the campaign over there for 5 years and haven't got far.