Iluvfish: I agree with you about personal responsibility. One of the reasons I have been having differences with the way the US is going these days, suing everyone because they weren't paying attention to how hot the cup was. The government is only making this mentality worse by taking our rights and responsibilities away...for our protection of course!
You keep on repeating our concerns are not valid because you have stated in previous posts that they are invalid....I believe that this philosophy is wrong.
For instance: I am a responsible pet owner that believes they are not just things, but are animals that need our love, attention, and respect. I have two children under 6 that I am teaching these beliefs to. They both have bettas and they are both learning to be responsible for them.
I still have a problem with Teddytanks....I just truly believe that a teddy around a fish tank is not appropriate. It is not going to engage a child longer than a tank by itself (which with my girls was about a week! Yes they still revisit their interest...). So if its purpose isn't valid, why do it? Room with teddy decor? Child has many stuffed toys so the betta tank should look like them? Again, still a danger of treating fish like object!
I am concerned because children see things than we do! If it looks cuddly, it should be cuddled! My fat cat is an example....every time I turn around, they are trying to cuddle a cat that doesn't like kids..."no Oriana! Kitty has pins!"
It's just a bad idea because it puts ideas into kids minds that a betta might not like! Think of a slumber party...even if you trust your kid, peer pressure could turn responsibility into playtime.
Yes, again we have returned to personal responsibility. Yes, it is every person's responsibility to protect animals. I wish I could believe that all the parents who purchase this will be responsible but I don't see it happening...and even if they were, there is that slumber party to consider! So, maybe we can compromise....make product only for older kids like 10years and above?
Would an age limit on this toy(see, a toy!!) change our concerns?
I guess you can say that I am pulled both ways with this issue: yes, the manufacturer has the right to make a product that is not intended to be cruel to animals. I believe this is by incorporating an animal into a room decoration, truly a cruel product. (by deciding that it is not intended to be carried around and played with like a teddy, it is therefore intended to be room decoration fish tank, so it now falls into different category!)