Founder of ‘erotic carp calendar’ shares what happens to fish after photoshoot

The founder of an unusual calendar that sees naked models pose with large carp has settled a debate about whether the fish are alive or dead.

The Carponizer Calender 2023 – valued at £16.20 – sees 12 women posing with carp for each month of the year in nothing but their birthday suits,

Aimed at enthusiastic fishers and produced in Germany, the calendar has caused quite a stir about whether or not the fish in the shots – which are staged in Lake Fishabil, Brittany, France – are living or dead, sparking some backlash from animal rights activists.

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Now, speaking to LadBible, the founder of Carponizer, Hendrik Pöhler, has seemingly settled the debate once and for all.

Luckily for animal lovers he explained that the fish in the calendars, first released in 2014, are not killed for the shoot and are in fact released afterwards.

Mr Pöhler said: "The fish are of course alive and are not killed for the shoot, but released back into the water after the shoot.

"The carp are slimy and wet, it is not easy to hold it.

"So that the fish is doing well, we have to keep it wet at all times. Also, the carp are very heavy.

"If the fish escapes from us, then we won't get it back either.

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“But we have enough anglers at the lake, so we can switch to an alternative, but the carp must also be perfect. We don't take every carp.

"We try to have variety of both the carp and the models."

He added: "The health of the fish is our top priority during the shoot," he said.

"We are not aware of any carp dying after the shooting as a result of the shooting. Catch and release is very common among anglers in the UK."

Environmental group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have robustly argued that the calender is a bad idea, liklening the people who like the calender to “sociopaths” who like “snuff porn”.

Elisa Allen, the PETA Vice President of Programmes, told LadBible: "Whoever made this calendar seems to be appealing to the same type of sociopaths who find sexual excitement in snuff porn.

"Despite the company's claim to the contrary, it's simply not possible to take these photos without causing serious – or even fatal – harm to the animals involved.

"Fish thrash and struggle to breathe when they're pulled out of the water. When they're handled, the protective coating on their bodies is disturbed, and the majority of those who are thrown back into the water after being caught die soon after."

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