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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Anyone else find this...wrong?

This was posted on facebook by the group "rescue pets make the best pets".

if its NOT OK for dogs, who should fish be any different

On a side note, when I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska which has a university and an army base - I would see ALOT of posts on craigslist using all sorts of reasons why they were giving up their cat, dog, fish. Alot were either by people who's spouse was in the middle east and they "couldn't" care for the pet anymore, they were moving or they were leaving the state. I did not leave any of my pets behind when I left the frozen wasteland >.<

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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 06:23 AM
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My friend posted this pic this morning. I HAD to reply. There is no excuse in a lot of cases and it is just laziness. There are sometimes acceptable "excuses" but really, I wish people would just do their research!

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post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 06:33 AM
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I have never seen that one - that's appalling! Goldfish need love, too =[

I like the one that says "I'm not an until- You find a boyfriend/have a ~real~ baby/find a job/move away - pet, I'm a forever pet."

The only cure for ignorance is education, and bullying or attacking someone is no way to educate them.
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I was looking at Georgia's animal cruelty laws the other day, and there is a section that says, and I'm paraphrasing, "there is no law pertaining to cruelty to ANY fish"...I know it was worded legalistically, but that was the gist of it. Sad.

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post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 08:24 AM
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what it should say

"If you can't promise forever, then don't have ANY pets!"

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post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 09:40 AM
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"get a pet rock" :D
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Originally Posted by sarahspins View Post
"get a pet rock" :D

my youngest daughter has one of those
I never knew they could be so much work
"Sugar" has a bath, then a quick breakfast, then a walk to school.
Once i've dropped them off at school im given strict instruction
to make sure she (Sugar) has a nap at lunch after shes had time
watching my sorority then a quick snack before i pick them up after school.
She even has her own little travel bag, one of those miniature versions of
pet carriers thats for Petshop pets.
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post #8 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 11:14 AM
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I looked up Indiana's animal cruelty law, and they also specifically exclude fish from any protection. Its so sad that people disregard aquatic life. And I agree, goldfish need love too! The problem is that many people are incredibly ignorant about goldfish. I have talked with people who had no idea that goldfish can live over 20 years, or that they can grow over a foot long. They are told by society and the petstores that goldfish are stupid short lived tiny animals that have no real value except for decoration. Its very sad, as they are beautiful creatures who deserve much more from us.

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post #9 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Hopeseeker View Post
"If you can't promise forever, then don't have ANY pets!"
AGREE!!! Goldfish can easily outlive 4-legged pets. Mine are already older than 1/2 of the furry pets in my house.

It's sad that the US is so far behind in animals welfare.


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post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 07:15 PM
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If only people realized how much effort goes into keeping a goldfish!
Too many people think you just chuck it in a bowl of water and let it get on with it, but that is most certainly NOT the case!
Goldfish are totally misunderstood!
They might as well have wrote "if you want an animal that people don't kick up a fuss about if it's suffering, get a goldfish"
I feel bad for goldfish :( they get the raw end of the deal!
That traditional image of a goldfish in a bowl has blinded people of their real needs.

Also, a lot of people don't realize how long they live for!
My ex's goldfish was 15 years old and would have went on a lot longer had he not moved house with it, I think the stress of moving killed it.
But I've heard of goldfish in their 20's plenty of times.

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