A letter written to a fishing shop calling for it to stop selling fishing equipment to kids has provoked outrage.Advertisement
Sent to the Ted Carter shop, which has been on Church Street in the city centre for more than 50 years, the letter from a concerned grandmother says they should impose an age restriction.
Addressed to “Mr Ted Carter” the letter says “I am writing the express my disgust in your glamorisation of the harming of animals. You would not catch a dog or cat with such methods, so why is it acceptable to catch a fish in this way?”
It goes on to say her grandson bought some fishing equipment at Carter’s and then spent time with his friends fishing after school. He has now been grounded and his fishing kit is set to be destroyed.
The letter-writer, who signed the letter only as “a woman with common sense and values”, states: “I find it appalling that a boy of 14 years old can purchase this equipment without the consent of his mother
“You clearly operate a large store, with influence. Please consider setting an age restriction now on the sale of fishing equipment to minors to set an example to other stores.”
The response from Ted Carter’s manager and the Preston fishing community has been one of disbelief.
In a blog post responding to the letter the Ted Carter manager writes: “I dedicate a lot of time trying to get kids out of the house and on to the bank. Fishing is a great, enjoyable sport and has been part of the childhood of almost everyone I know.
“I used to love nothing better that getting out on the bank with my Dad when I was a kid. We offer free advice, massive discounts and even free tackle to kids of all ages and organisations that want to help get kids in to our beloved sport.
“Like most kids of my generation, I hated being in doors and wanted to get outside.
“The same can not be said for today’s youth. Staying in, sitting on the couch and playing on the a games console is the order of the day and it’s terribly hard to get today’s kids out in to nature.
“I’d say that 99% of parents don’t want their kids to be a couch potato and I’d actively encourage them to get down to their local tackle shop, pick up some fishing gear and get out there (supervised of course!)”
What do you think? Does the author have a point or are the management right? Let us know in the comments below