Environment: Hot Water

Anger over angling in Britain

Britain is regarded by many anglers as the home of the sweetest trout and salmon in the world. It is now also the center of a testy battle on whether fishing should be allowed at all.

The crusade against angling was launched this winter by the Hunt Saboteurs' Association, a militant wing of the animal-rights movement. The H.S.A. is an intense, zealous group of moral commandos who have been disrupting fox and stag hunts since 1963. (Their campaign has been categorized by one neo-Wildean observer as "the implacable in search of the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible.")...

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