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FISH FIGHT CAMPAIGN

It is neither the purpose of this blog to enter into political dispute, nor to promote causes which do not directly impinge upon the life of the Order of Malta in Britain.

Nevertheless occasionally we raise ethical questions, and we have a joint concern within the life of the Order, as part of Tuitio Fidei, for the promotion of the teachings of Holy Mother Church, and to caution against behaviour which may depart from the precepts of the Gospel. Among such is Respect for the integrity of Creation (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2415-8), which requires of us worthy stewardship of the blessings we have received for our benefit, support and pleasure.

"It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly." (CCC 2418)

Many will be aware of the current European legislation (the Common Fisheries System) which requires the 'discarding' of fish caught in European waters which exceed the Quota system, but are nevertheless still caught by our fishermen. Half of all fish caught is discarded in this way. Dead. Despite its Divine purpose, it is destined never to provide food for humanity, and serves only to pollute the breeding-grounds for other fish.  Most children would regard this as sinful.

A campaign has been promoted to stop this practice, and its website is HERE. You are encouraged to support it.  It is promoted by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, a television chef, and supported by many other personalities and organisations, including the Marine Conservation Society under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) [click for link] whose longstanding founding Patron is the Duke of Edinburgh, and who are also running a Petition on this page.  It is important that Catholics do not stand idly by.

Specifically you are encouraged to sign the Fish Fight PETITION on the homepage of their website, and to lobby your Member of Parliament, either at: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or get the address here: Directory of MPs.

This video provides some chilling information: