An Albany fisherman has copped a temporary ban from YouTube after the video giant said his video content breached its animal cruelty policies.

Key points:

  • Albany fisherman Gideon Mettam has been served a 30 day ban on monetising video content on YouTube
  • The video giant cited animal cruelty concerns over Mr Mettam’s content
  • Mr Mettam has been left “confused” by the ban 

Gideon “Gido” Mettam founded video channel ‘Gido’s Fishing Adventures’ in 2014 and has amassed a following of over 100,000 subscribers.

The fearless angler is known for the extreme lengths he goes to to land a fish, often abseiling down cliffs and camping alone in the wilderness.

a man with a fish and a hat

Gido has gained a large following on YouTube.(

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Temporary ban

Last week YouTube served Mr Mettam a 30-day ban on monetising his video content after claims his videos amounted to animal cruelty.

Gideon Mettam poses with a bright red harlequin which he caught from the rocks.

Sometimes the Albany fisherman gets impressive catches like this harlequin fish.(

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YouTube defines animal abuse content as depicting the “malicious infliction of physical harm causing an animal or group of animals to experience suffering.”

“This means that there’s no purpose to the depiction of animal suffering other than to shock or disgust.”

Getting answers

Mr Mettam said he is “confused” by the ban.

“I don’t really fit the bill for what they call animal cruelty which is doing nasty stuff to animals to shock viewers,” Mr Mettam said.

“I just dispatch fish for feed and do it humanely.”

Mr Mettam said his video content became his main source of income this year and has resumed some carpentry work in the interim.

He said he has attempted to contact YouTube to ascertain the parts of his videos which should be omitted.

Gideon Mettam perches on a ledge on a sea cliff with a rope for safety.

Gideon Mettam says he uses safety gear while fishing.(

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“They haven’t outlined any particular video. They just say it’s just a significant portion.”

He said he might edit out parts of his videos showing dispatching — the act of humanely killing a fish.

Consider fish wellbeing: RSPCA

A spokesperson for RSPCA Australia said while it was difficult to assess the large amounts of content on Mr Mettam’s video channel, fishermen need to consider a fish’s ability to feel pain.

“Fish are sentient animals capable of experiencing pain and suffering.

“Anglers should therefore treat fish humanely and avoid practices that have the potential to cause pain, injury or suffering during capture, handling, killing or release.”

YouTube guidelines state exceptions to bans over animal cruelty are made for “generally accepted practices” such as hunting, trapping, pest abatement, food preparation, medical treatment or animal slaughter.”

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