Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Thanks. He does cull a lot, and IMO that is the single worst part about his breeding because he brings lives into the world knowing full well that he will be killing a lot of them, but he has a lot of other... questionable practices as well, like the fin cutting for reasons not backed by any legitimate evidence, high prices, etc. He is someone who very obviously sees and treats animals as a commodity and nothing more- which animals should never be treated as. Treating animals as a commodity can be part of a breeders regimen, I certainly do it, but there has to be respect for the life. People lose their crap when they find out about a puppy mill, but honestly, if everyone truly valued life equally, they would be up in arms just as much if they found about fish breeders like elite's practices.
The other day he posted a reply to someone on facebook who asked for pictures of the mother of a spawn he had grown out, and he said it wasn't happening because he had already culled her. Ethics and morals of killing a healthy fish aside, that's either very poor record keeping on his part, not photographing the F0 fish, or he has something to hide.
Lol. The more I write the more I realize why I dislike him. Like I said before I totally respect him as a breeder, he has amazing fish and is quite successful, but his practices disgust me.
I'm excited. I get off tomorrow for winter break, will hopefully get another spawn... I'm happy hahaha.