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Snakeheads should not be subjected to cruel treatment by fishermen

The death of a snakehead

The snakehead is a die-hard, but it can be killed. The most efficient way is by cutting its gills, a practice advocated by Maryland and Virginia. Your story “A slimy fish out of water” [April 30] suggested otherwise when it noted that one snakehead netted by a team from Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries “seemed to be thriving after having its gills cut earlier by an angler.” Any fish that has had its gills cut through will die. To learn that snakeheads have been consigned to a slow and agonizing death is distressing.

Until we know that snakeheads are pernicious, Maryland and Virginia should not promote cruel treatment of this good-tasting game fish.

John Mathwin, Rockville



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