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Is there any halachic objection to rigging a live worm onto a hook when fishing?

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It would seem not from Trumas haDeshen P/K 105. The case in the end where he brings achzarius seems to be talking in a case where there were tamer options. Dead worms just won't catch fish. Although if your going for lake trout, mini-marshmallows work great!

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Thanks for the mareh makom (and the marshmallow advice). I actually got the opposite impression from his ending -- he seems to be saying that common practice is to avoid any kind of cruelty, even in cases where it is 100% permissible, so as not to be punished with yissurim. – Dave Aug 6 '10 at 4:14
I thought that was referring to the plucking alive case since you can do it after the animal is dead. Otherwise, we shouldn't be packing animals. – YDK Aug 6 '10 at 4:44
What do mean by "packing animals"? – Dave Aug 6 '10 at 4:46
My lazy way of saying loading pack animals. That was one of the proofs brought that you don't say tzaar b.c. if it's for human purpose. – YDK Aug 6 '10 at 5:47
I don't know if loading an animal would be considered "achzarius/cruelty." The animal may be working hard, but it is not experiencing severe trauma, as an impaled worm presumably does. – Dave Aug 6 '10 at 13:19

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