So as my username suggests, I am a college student. I'm pretty active in house and hall government, and in a week or so, we're participating in Relay for Life, a cancer awareness event. My hall likes to do a lot of fundraising, and comes up with great idea... EXCEPT for one. They want to give out bettas and/ or goldfish as prizes.
I hate when fish are used as prizes. It is downright irresponsible. It's inviting cruelty into the doors. The majority of people in the dorms do not know their lefts and rights, when it comes to fishkeeping. The hobby itself seems simple enough, but most fail to realize that it is a full-time gig. There's a whole lot more than a pretty tank and some fish inside.
I am known as "The Fish Lady" in my house, and people come to me with questions, constantly. Most of the problems they have are as simple as not using water conditioner or not changing the water as often as they should.
People need to do their research! You don't go and buy a pet without first doing some background research. You by no means need to know everything, but at least you should cover all the basics before purchasing any animal, even a fish.