NANFA-L-- was goby bashing, changed to Dave bashing

Peter Unmack (peter.lists at)
Mon, 4 Apr 2005 21:27:58 -0500 (CDT)

G'day Folks

Todd, I think you are being slightly unfair to Dave. His answer may have
had a potentially condescending tone-in-times (I'm sure mostly due to his
frustration), but he was speaking from his heart and his answer made sense
to me, even if it was a rather extreme example that he used relative to
disposing of unwanted fish. While your relatives might know what to do
with your fish if you suddenly disappeared, most folks wouldn't, thus I
don't think it is valid to criticise him for assuming this. Hell, most
younger people don't even have a will. Look-in-the recent craziness
surrounding Terri Schiavo (who was still young), how many people would
have even told someone else (let alone written details) about what to do
should they be incapacitated in some way. Obviously those issues are far
more important than fish, yet most people have never seriously planned for
those events either! Thus, I don't this answer was that completely off
the wall, especially given the impact this species could have if it
spreads significantly. There are many great fishes out there, and there
are many gobies that probably make much better aquarium pets (try some
desert gobies, I highly recommend them, they are incredibly interesting).
While I can understand why, despite all this, that someone might want to
still keep those gobies, I still think NANFA as an organisation should
discourage it. But if someone really wants to keep them, be responsible,
and make sure folks know not to release your fish (as was suggested by
other posters on this topic). Let's just all take a deep breath, close
this subject, and move on to pursue more pleasant fruitful discussions.

Peter Unmack
Canadian River, Oklahoma
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