Americans have one of the freest societies in America, but we are slowly losing our freedoms.
I remember talking with a friend of mine when he said, “Hey, I’m free enough.”
I don’t want to be free enough.
I want to be free.
And if you can’t catch a catfish and sell it to someone, you’re not that free:
Authorities say a Grand Rapids man has been arrested for selling catfish online to undercover wildlife officers.
The man is accused of selling 14 catfish taken from the Kalamazoo River in Allegan County via the Craigslist website.
The state Department of Natural Resources says it got a tip about the ad. Undercover officers from the Wildlife Resources Protection Unit made contact with the man and purchased the catfish from him on Tuesday. He was arrested shortly thereafter.
The sale of the fish in this case is a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to 90 days behind bars and a fine between $250 and $1,000.
But Duane, you’re thinking, if it weren’t for the prohibition of catfish sales, the fish would be fished out of our rivers and ponds. It’s regulation that keeps the catfish around.
And, what if someone catches a catfish and it’s contaminated with something? We need the government to keep us safe.
Wrong and wrong.
There’s a profit to be made in catfish, which is why people are willing to pay big money for commercial fishing licenses. It’s also a reason people build catfish farms.
Business will not destroy its livelihood, so it follows catfish would not disappear off the face of the earth.
As for the contaminated fish, don’t we have a responsibility to make good choices?
Personally, I don’t mind catching my own catfish, but if I’m willing to take the risk, why should the government prohibit it?
I’d really like to know your thoughts on this.
Should selling wild game be illegal?