What the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have to say about aquariums.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recommends that people refrain from keeping aquariums. The group’s reasons include:
• Tropical fish are born to dwell in the ocean and forage along coral reefs. They suffer when forced to spend their lives enclosed in a glass aquarium.
• It’s ethically wrong to place wild animals in captivity for ornamental or hobby reasons.
• Overcollecting of aquatic animals contributes to a decline in the wild population.
• Irresponsible “harvest” of species can lead to reef degradation.
• Some fish breeders “paint” fish by injecting fluorescent dye into their bodies to make them more attractive to buyers.
• Pumps and filters necessary in the aquarium interfere with fish communications—low-frequency buzzes, clicks, and yelps that fish emit to signal courtship, alarm, or submission.
• Species meant to live in community with others are often the only one of their kind in a tank.
• Overcrowding and species incompatibility are common problems.
For more information, visit www.PETA.org.
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