<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kitsey</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
have you lot heard that they have now genetically modified some fish and have made them glow-in-the dark? I think that it is stupid and just treating them as toys.</div>
Why are you dredging up ancient threads, Kitsey?
Wow, this is an old thread, but I agree with Sevenseas. I lock up my cats. They are not free to leave my house. I suppose you could call them my prisoners, but they're not given bread and water, they're given cat food and water.
I totally disagree with this. As long as you know how to take care of your fish properly and have the right sized tanks, I don't see the problem at all. I have fish because I LIKE them, not because I'm torturing them!! I change their water, feed them daily, and they have nothing that will eat them....I think that's almost paradise to them! How is that worse then them living in the wild and most likely getting killed/eaten and starving? They have a good quality of life here. Nothing wrong with that. Now, if that was a goldfish in a one gallon bowl, yes that would be cruelty! You need to know how to care for them properly. I really don't see keeping fish is mean though. Infact I think having pets exposes people/children to animals more, and makes them appreciate and like them. If all animals were just in the wild and we had no pets at all, people wouldn't really have much contact with them and maybe treat them worse!
I understand rescuing a fish and you must be a wonderful caretaker for them. But aren't you perpetuating the supply-demand model by buying a fish from a pet store? There are some great dog guardians out there who would die for their dogs, but they did buy the said dog from a petstore which only gives the puppy mills more of a reason to continue breeding them.
I was just reading something the other day about fish having a short term memory of 3 seconds...kind of like Dori from Finding Nemo.<br><br><br><br>
I am on the fence about owning pets. In one aspect, it's a great learning tool for children, especially housing insects and butterflies, I plan to do this this summer. I will be giving that creature a few guaranteed days of life, and my son will get to learn what they eat, and we well do "still life" drawings of each. We will take good care of them and put them back. No harm done, and my son will learn to appreciate them.<br><br>
Ya'll might not like this, but, I take my son to pet stores ALL the time, sometimes up to 3 in one day. He loves animals, he has plenty of animal books and videos, but to see them in real life...he gets so much out of it.<br><br><br><br>
We don't have a zoo near us, but if we did, we'd go. Yes, it's horrible, and I'm sure none of them are happy or fulfilled. Poor things cannot even figure out what's wrong, why they are angry and miserable, they've got all these instinctual drives, and can do little to satisfy them. I tell my boy that it is wrong, especially the dogs, we don't really go to that section, that is disgusting, and yes, it feels good to say so out loud in front of all the onlookers by the doggy cages. At the very least, my son gets to see creatures he would never have opportunity to.<br><br><br><br>
I try not to solidify my opinions, AT ALL, because then one becomes narrow-minded, and may tend to lose compassion for PEOPLE and their opinions/ignorance. I don't expect others to feel what I do, or know what I know, I won't judge them. By gently showing others what AR's are, they will respond better. When you are harsh and become defensive, and are just itching to make your opinion known, others take it as a judgement. It has to be done very subtly for others to really "get" it. Maybe you could've just started sympathizing with the fish...started talking to him..."It must be lonely in there, I wonder where you came from, do you miss your family, is it loud in there with all those fingers tapping all over your bowl..." You get my drift...Just an idea.<br><br>
I just know that it was a gentle girl who introduced me to AR and vegetarianism at 13yo, and as an adult, I hate to hear preachers, you know, the Jehovah's Witness type, that lie in (seemingly peaceful) wait to blast you with their bizarre ideals and send you running for the hills.<br><br>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Alfiedog</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I understand rescuing a fish and you must be a wonderful caretaker for them. But aren't you perpetuating the supply-demand model by buying a fish from a pet store? There are some great dog guardians out there who would die for their dogs, but they did buy the said dog from a petstore which only gives the puppy mills more of a reason to continue breeding them.</div>
So what? That's totally different then puppy mills. I think it's nice for people to have fish, as long as they know how to care for them correctly.
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