Originally Posted by ForbiddenSecrets
"Most fish enjoy companionship. If you have a single fish, check with friends and neighbors to find another loner to adoptóbut don't support the fish trade by going to a dealer."
You know, just any fish will do XD Oh PETA, all your good points are always drowned in stupid.
No kidding! This actually had a good message, but because PETA is ... well being a P.I.T.A (pain in the--you figure it out), that good message gets lost.
Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
Some of the betta species I keep are essentially nearly extinct in the wild. This is not due to capture for the aquarium trade but is rather the result of habitat destruction.
Without hobbyist breeding programs, these species would most likely disappear for good.
Axolotls and the Tequila splitfin (Zoogoneticus tequila
) are two others that come to mind. Both have horribly dwindled wild populations but are kept alive by the aquarium trade. Who knows. They may be reintroduced to the wild one day when their habitat recovers.
Which brings me to the subject of conservation aquaculture. There are a few programs around the US that focus on/practice this. The aim is to produce enough offspring to keep the population afloat while the habitat problems are resolved. But I guess PETA is against this, too, because it involves animals in captivity.