Both pics have been circulating around FB. It's generally thought that they're set up to garner opposition to the bait. Maybe it's real. I'd question that guys motive for posting it. Between myself and four other anglers I know that have literally caught hundreds of smallies on them, not one was foul hooked. Only one of us reported any doubles beyond a rare incident. It's not the gill net people would have you think, but in the right circumstances it gets bit better than anything else, and draws strikes from larger fish.
Here's another thing, while it looks gruesome, infections that form around the maxillary (mouth) processes are much more serious than anything that forms on the body from a puncture wound. There is a fair bit of flesh protecting the organs, even on the vulnerable belly region. Furthermore, if you knew how much damage improperly lipping a fish, or tearing out hooks can do, you might not want to fish anymore.
Here's my take, if you don't like it, don't fish it. But don't throw stones at those who do use it. It's not for everyone, I agree. But I don't think it's anymore dangerous to the fishery than the Senko, Sluggo, or Rapala Minnow - all baits that have met their mire at one point. I think the timing of this bait blowing up was poor. Fall is a time where you can do crazy numbers catching, and I think that is more responsible for the notion that it's a fish catching machine than the baits actual ability. It's still about the angler throwing it. Personally, I'm thinking about trying the 4 teaser, and one big bait in the center, a little behind the group style rig.
If you are worried about the fishery, then I suggest you wage war against things that threaten their environment. Hydro-fracking, toxic pollution, Chem Lawn Runoff, damming, over development, etc. Anyone of those issues will make that A-rig OBSOLETE. A bait can't catch if all the fish are dead.