He’s Also Required To Give Them a Fitting Eulogy

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Regulation gone wild in Canada:

Canadian bureaucrats have added insult to injury for a corn farmer south of Montreal whose fields have been damaged by near-record flooding. Martin Reid of Sabrevois, Quebec, says he’s been forced to buy a fishing licence to remove carp that are swimming in a metre of water on his flooded-out fields.

He says he bought the permit to avoid the problems he faced the last time he was forced to remove fish from his flooded farmland. In 1993, Reid was fined $1,000 for illegal fishing. “My father and I … were charged by Fisheries and Oceans Canada,” Reid recalled. “We were jointly responsible for having caused the death of fish for reasons other than sport fishing.”

Reid says the fine will jump to $100,000 if he’s cited a second time. He’s under strict orders to safeguard the lives of the carp once he begins to expel them.”We have to collect all of them, and we have to fish both sexes, that’s what (the permit) says,” Reid explained. “I have to transport them so as not to damage them, by containers with water inside. If some of them die, I have to bury them.”

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20 Responses to “He’s Also Required To Give Them a Fitting Eulogy”

  1. #1 |  Adam | 

    In the video linked on that site, the news host tells the story of someone who found an injured bird on his property and put some kind of fencing around it so that predators couldn’t get at it. Mistake #1. Then he calls the Ministry of the Environment. Mistake #2. Needless to say, he was fined for “sequestering” a wild animal.

  2. #2 |  croaker | 

    Let me know when it’s time to vote from the rooftops.

  3. #3 |  TomG | 

    the obvious question: These carp, are they endangered?
    That’d be “No”, right?

  4. #4 |  Sam Paris | 

    “the obvious question: These carp, are they endangered?”

    Not only are they not endangered, they’re an invasive species.

  5. #5 |  Chuchundra | 

    If you click through and read down, you’ll see that during the 1993 flooding the farmer in question was sucking carp into the pumps he was using to drain his fields and basically spewing fish guts all over the place. That was the basis of the original complaint.

    I don’t know that that should count as “fishing without a license”, but it seems like a reasonable thing to complain about.

  6. #6 |  mark r | 

    You guys are slackin’. How’d you miss this nugget?

    “The idea is to help farmers,” said Jean-Philippe Detolle. “The licence was issued to reassure them they won’t be fined.”

  7. #7 |  Mr Weebles | 

    Mark R,

    I read that too. Unbelievable.

    “The idea is to help farmers,” said Jean-Philippe Detolle. “The licence was issued to reassure them they won’t be fined.”

    Farmer: “Well, why don’t you just not fine us in the first place?”

    Detolle: “But that’s what the permit is for!”

    Farmer: “If you don’t fine us you won’t need to issue the permits.”

    Detolle: “If we do that, what will we do will all the permits??!?!”

    Good grief.

  8. #8 |  Medicine Man | 

    This is nothing. Read up on how human rights tribunals work in Canada if you want to see something hair raising.

    I still prefer our banking system over the one in the US though.

  9. #9 |  Highway | 

    This stuff is exactly why the “Three S” method is so popular:

    Shut up.

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    Carpe piscem!

  11. #11 |  Chris Mallory | 

    Leave the fish, will cut down on the amount of fertilizer needed.

  12. #12 |  Bergman | 

    And what would happen if the farmer were to let the waters drain away naturally, and the fish to die from a totally natural lack of water? Would the farmer then need to get a permit that allows Acts of God to occur on his property?

    As for human rights tribunals, any such tribunal is deeply frightening if it uses the UN’s definition of genocide. Using that definition, Elliott Ness was guilty of genocide for going after Al Capone; The fact Capone was a gangster and Ness a federal agent tasked with arresting criminals wouldn’t have mattered in the slightest under the definition the UN is using now.

  13. #13 |  derfel cadarn | 

    What if ALL the fish made it into a big pot of stew? Feed the homeless but a permit is probably needed for that too. Assholes and dickheads at present run this world. Why not stuff the dickheads into the assholes ,halving their numbers and then ship all the assholes to Chad and the Sudan.

  14. #14 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Bergman – Don’t worry, the US has a get-out-of-genocide pass, in the international treaty. Your dictators will be FINE.

  15. #15 |  JS | 

    The sum total of human happiness would be greatly increased if governments shut down.

  16. #16 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    I’m sure, because a lot of unhappy people would die off quite rapidly.

  17. #17 |  Marty | 

    a great use for carp would be as ground up fertilizer. I’m sure they hold the hydroelectric dams to the same standard they’re holding private citizens…

    you can get on youtube and find tons of videos of guys finding unique ways to kill these carp…

  18. #18 |  Joe | 

    Aren’t carp an invasive species anyway? Carp are not native to North America.

  19. #19 |  John C. Randolph | 

    Pity that Canada doesn’t have a justice system. It would be good for society to see a few raving bureaucrats tossed in the hoosegow for thirty days for aggravated idiocy.


  20. #20 |  Joe | 

    Of course the Canadian Carp Sport Fishery would be devestated by any carp being harmed. Sportsmen the world over come to Quebec to fish fierce carp in corn fields.