Re: NANFA-- Fwd: "Pet Shop Problems?"

Jay DeLong (
Fri, 15 Dec 2000 11:19:14 -0800

At 10:40 AM 12/15/00, you wrote:
>Sounds like old Vince has too much time on his hands. Although it could be
>a PETA ruse.

I don't believe it's either of those, and don't feel it's helpful to
belittle his concerns or suggest an organized plot. What is wrong with
providing animal commodities basic levels of comfort? NANFA's member code
of ethics, voted on and approved by the membership, includes this passage,
which seems reasonable and decent, and which Vincent may have even read:
"All reasonable attempts should be made to maintain fishes with the
utmost regard for their safety and health, which includes, but is not
limited to: maintaining sufficient water quality; providing water
chemistry, temperature, oxygen levels and foods appropriate for each
particular species..."

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

>I'm not sure why I got this message, but here it is for thought or >whatever: > > >From: > >Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 06:58:40 EST > >Subject: "Pet Shop Problems?" > >To: > >X-Mailer: Unknown sub 171 > > > >Hello my name is Vincent Burkhimer and I am writing you in regaurds to > >concerns I have about the "methods" pet shop/suppliers, most importantly > >those who deal with aquatic life and how they are treated. > > Visiting various, local establishments that sell aquatic life, I have > >become alarmingly disturbed by the neglect and carelessness people show > >towards life. > >It seems as though they do not care for or respect the lives of the >aquatic > >life they sell. For example ..... what they see as "feeder goldfish", > >putting about 500 of them into a 90 gallon tank with insufficient >filtration > >systems produces diseased and weak/sick fish. yet they see them as feeder > >fish, a young child may go into one of these establishments and ask their > >parent for a goldfish (in which they plan to make a pet of) and are they > >going to possibly be happy when one of those sick fish dies soon after. My > >reason for writing is to ask if there are any laws to protect the lives >and > >insure proper treatment. also what ,if any, regulations should and must be > >met by these establishments? > >I appreciate any help possible. and thank you for your time

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