(WCCO) Gov. Tim Pawlenty sank an animal rights group's request Tuesday.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked Pawlenty to declare walleye off-limits for fishing.
PETA said a recent study showed fish are smart and feel pain.
In a written statement, Pawlenty said, "The PETA 'Fish Empathy Project' is nutty and misses the mark."
Pawlenty said PETA displayed "goofy judgment" and that fishing was not, as PETA claimed, the same as hooking a dog or cat through the mouth with a large hook and dragging it behind your car.
"Minnesota cares for its natural resources and fishing is part of our way of life," Pawlenty said.
He concluded saying, "Because of the letter, I am going out for a walleye dinner tonight."
[He actuallu did eat walleye vfor dinner as the TV newscats showed him eating Walleye on the 10pm news]
If you want to read what PETA sent the Gov, and the Govs response. use the link. http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_215013706.html