In an unprecedented decision on Monday, Colombia’s Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional sport fishing, so that the activity will be definitively prohibited within a year.
The high court considers that this practice that has so many fanatics in the world produces animal abuse, so they seek “avoid harmful impacts on these beings and their environment”.
The sentence explained that the plenary chamber of the Court had stated that “sport fishing is an activity which violates the precautionary principle and the prohibition of animal abuseand therefore, should be excluded from the legal system.
The court ruling went on to state that the mandate to protect animals stems from the “principle of ecological constitution, social function of property and human dignity; and underlined that, in this context, the Legislator and the Court considered animals as sentient beings“.
The high court said that although “there is no consensus on whether fish are sentient beings”the truth is that under the precautionary principle, state intervention is necessary to avoid environmental degradation.
The measure adds that although it is not possible to define “with absolute certainty the harmful consequences of sport fishing, in terms of principles of protection and animal welfare, nor the impact and deterioration of hydrobiological resources , there is relevant scientific information that requires avoiding harmful impacts on these beings and their environment”, therefore “the exclusion of the activity must be preferred”.
However, the Constitutional Court concluded that Artisanal, industrial, subsistence, scientific, control or promotion fishing may continue to existbut no sports.
Sport fishing is the act of capturing animals, whether in rivers, seas, lagoons or dams, and releasing them again. Due to the orographic diversity in Colombia, there are several places where it grows, especially in the reservoirs of the departments of Cundinamarca, Cauca and Antioquia.
However, one of the best places in the world for sport fishing is Bahía Solano, in the department of Chocó.
This decision joins the one adopted in February 2019 when the Constitutional Court had banned sport hunting in the country as contrary to the protection of the environment and animals.
The 24 hours of the black croaker in Claromecó. Photo courtesy The Voice of the People of Tres Arroyos
Sport fishing in Argentina
In Argentina, thousands of people practice sport fishing, whether in rivers, seas, lagoons, streams or lakes. Fans plan multi-day trips in which the big protagonists are rods, water and fish.
Big contests are also common, with big prizes for those who bring the biggest pieces to the surface. One of the most important is the The 24 Hours of the Black Croaker, in Claromecówhere this year the winner pocketed 3.5 million pesos thanks to the capture of an animal weighing almost 2 kilos.
Reward at the “fishing world championship” in Claromecó. Photo courtesy of Vía País Tres Arroyos
In the 2022 edition of the competition, 3,484 competitors participated and 20 million pesos were distributed in prizes.
It’s America’s premier deep-sea fishing contest. This is why Paolo Bisso, this year’s winner, expressed his emotion saying: “I have won the fishing world championship”.
With information from EFE