These extraordinarily small and cruel fish “tanks” cause fish to suffer horrible deaths. Having no room for filters, and holding less than a gallon of water, fish are left to suffer and die of affixation and water poisoning.
Target, being the largest retail store selling the cruel product has a responsibility to their customers to end the sale of this product. When companies sell cruel products, it’s solely up to the public to let them know that we as a society view animal welfare issues seriously, and this kind of torture for profit is never okay.
These products cause fish to be treated like nothing more than a fly on the wall. Just another piece of furniture, a picture frame, nothing of significance.
Read customers reviews of the Fish Bubble that were posted on Amazon.com:
“I hung it up and it leaked.”
“Sure this product looks great, but it’s also not good for bettas or goldfish. You see both kinds of fish need some sort of filter because of the good bit of waste they produce. And goldfish tend to need a good bit of room to swim to do really well.”
“I quickly realized the Betta was not active and felt there wasn’t enough space to swim around.”
Need an expert to convince you not to buy this product? Susana Paco, the Global Conservation Group’s Chief Biologist says:
“Imagine yourself in a small room with a lot of noise coming from everywhere with millions of echos. Would you turn mad? Would you kill yourself? Would you loose your mind? Millions of pet fish live this nightmare on a daily basis simply because people just don’t care to research about fish necessities.
A fish communicates and perceives its surroundings through is lateral line, a sensorial organ on the side of the fish that is able to perceive waves in the water. It’s their way of communication, and water is a great way to transmit waves. But a curved glass like the one on a fish bowl turns the wave into millions of echos that come back to the little fish and confuse him. How would you feel if you heard yourself repeated millions of times on a daily basis? Crazy? Well a fish feels that when living in a “Fish Bubble”.
Try going to the toilet, sleeping, eating and living on the same room…not very hygienic is it? Why do we keep doing this to little aquatic creatures? And the mistakes about the species needs are endless. For example, Carrasius auratus, the common goldfish, is a species that can grow to up to 30 cm long, yet people insist on putting them in a 5 liter fish bowl when they should be kept in aquariums with more than 120 liters. Betta splendens, a tropical fish, should be kept in warm water and never, I mean NEVER, in cold water. So much cruelty for these adorable fish that is hidden on ignorance. So what is my advice?
•Think about it first, a good aquariums can be very expensive and you should meet the standards of a good life for the species you choose – A Goldfish shouldn’t live in a fish bowl, especially the “Fish Bubble”!
•Research a lot before you start, familiarize yourself with the species you maintain, talk to fish experts and to animal rights groups.
•Fish Bowls are prohibited! They are nothing but torture to fish!
•Feed the fish with various foods, you don’t like only eating rice, don’t do the same to your fish.
•Never buy dyed fish (fish that are artificially dyed through horrible cruel methods)
•Never buy wild fish (fish that are stole from the wild just to meet the aquarium industry), only choose species that only exist in fish keeping. Check your local animal shelter, often times they have fish up for adoption.”
Please ask Target to ditch the “Fish Bowl” here: 1-800-440-0680