Government confirms support for angling

Labour MP Martin Salter, Parliamentary adviser to Sports Minister Richard Caborn, has confirmed that controversial research led by Dr Lynne Sneddon of Edinburgh University on whether or not fish can feel pain

Labour MP Martin Salter, Parliamentary adviser to Sports Minister Richard Caborn, has confirmed that controversial research led by Dr Lynne Sneddon of Edinburgh University on whether or not fish can feel pain will not alter the Government’s enthusiastic support for angling as a sport and pastime.

Mr Salter said – “The conclusions of the Edinburgh University research team are completely at odds with a recent report from
Professor James Rose of the University of Wyoming which proved that fish lack the capacity in their brains to feel pain.
Scientists can argue this point until the cows come home but I have confirmed with Richard Caborn that nothing that has
been published will dissuade the Government from giving both political and financial support to angling projects such as
“Get Hooked on Fishing” and other schemes designed to encourage young people to take up Britain’s most popular sport.”

Martin Salter and Richard Caborn have been visiting a variety of angling projects across the country over the last
twelve months and are working on proposals to back the creation of new urban fisheries to provide opportunities for a
new generation of young anglers. One of the projects Stoke Angling for Everyone (SAFE) has recently received a
Lottery grant of £88,000 and is regarded as an example of best practice for other areas.

Martin Salter added:- “Richard Caborn is the most pro-angling Minister we have ever had as Minister for Sport and he is channelling a serious amount of money into angling. It will take more than a few scientists to dent Richard’s enthusiasm for fishing.”