Posted by Kerry Grissett on June 30, 2003 at 21:22:40:
In Reply to: Regulations as related to justice posted by MD on June 30, 2003 at 20:55:50:
The law says that the fish shall be conficated. Should a person or persons be allowed to gain from an illegal activity? If the penalty is high enough and no gain is acheived by the violator, doesn't this make for a better deterent and reason to be certain you have a license?
The law is indeed intended to protect the resource and with the dramatically increased pressure from amateur and pro alike, should we simply ignore the fact that there are more amateur anglers taking fish illegally and let them keep them? I am willing to bet that if the law were enforced as written and the fines were increased to a level that is a deterring factor, those so called "slip-ups" will be minimal.
A civilized society is based on laws. A law not enforced may as well not be written. A society that is willing to allow its enforcement officers to interpret the law instead of enforcing it is heading for trouble.
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