PETA wants to end Vt. youth fishing program

The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking the state to stop its family-oriented ‘‘Let’s Go Fishing’’ program, arguing that fishing is cruel and encourages violence. The program trains volunteers to teach young people and their families how to fish. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry has taken issue with PETA’s request; he has invited the organization to go fishing. He told the Burlington Free Press that picking on a program that brings families together and nurtures an appreciation for aquatic resources is a poor vehicle for a political stunt.