Ban on Pet Goldfish Has Got to Be a Joke


goldfishWhat does San Francisco have against children? First it banned happy meals, and now it's looking to do the same with pet goldfish. That’s right -- the Animal Control and Welfare Commission has recommended that the city ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish, and guppies.

Apparently the fish are often mass bred in ‘inhumane’ environments. Good thing they only have a three-second memory span. 

In all seriousness, this is completely ridiculous. If not properly cared for, fish die. While they are more low-maintenance pets than, say, a puppy, they still require a clean tank with a proper pH balance and plenty of swimming room. If the tank is too dirty, or is overcrowded, or not temperature-controlled, the fish go belly up. 

If fish die, breeders and pet stores cannot sell them. It’s just bad business to not properly care for fish in captivity. 

Some might argue in defense of the ban, pointing to the customers that impulsively buy a fishy friend and then treat the pet poorly at home. How is that any business of the sellers? People are responsible for their own actions, and all the children that want pet goldfish should not be punished because some people can’t handle the responsibility of taking care of a fish.

Think of it this way: Should we ban the sale of toasters because occasionally people decide to go out of this world by plugging one in and dropping it in their bath? No! Most people that purchase toasters do so because they like toast and dislike sticking bread on a fork and turning it over a fire.

The government is not there to protect us from ourselves. When we start allowing Uncle Sam to dictate what we may or may not purchase, who knows how far he’ll go? Light bulbs or health insurance could be next.

Oh wait ...

What do you think? Should San Francisco ban pet goldfish?


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jaxmadre jaxmadre

"The government is not there to protect us from ourselves."

I completely agree with you

hotic... hoticedcoffee

OK, seriously, WTF are they smoking in California????  Is the general population truly that stupid that they can't handle goldfish?  I certainly hope more people wake up and understand what this sort of complacency leads to....forcing you to buy healthcare and certain types of lightbulbs now, certain cars, food, clothing, homes later on - the government will get as fat and powerful as people let it. 

Monika Nelsen

A perfect example of liberal fascism. 


nonmember avatar ele4phant

Really, making a political statement about the sale of goldfish? Slow day or what, Jenny?

Auror... Aurorasmommy07

Amen to that now whos telling Uncle Sam and making him listen?


zandh... zandhmom2

ele4phant - it may seem like such a little thing but people ignore all the "little" rights taken from them and before you know it, the rights won't be so little anymore and it will be too late. 

nonmember avatar ele4phant

@zandhmom2. I agree that sometimes when restrictions to what seem negligible freedoms are ignored, there can be a slippery slope. But, its flipping goldfish. On a day when Obama talked about gay marriage and state's rights, a day when the House voted down a measure to give the President authority to contiune military operations in Libya, on a day when talks about our national debt have (again) hit an impasse. There are far more important things going on then one city's kooky ban on the sale of 30 cent feeder fish. To get in a tizzy about something so inconsequential is silly. I also don't this ban is necessarily indicative of impending fascism. Don't be alarmist or over-reactive.

nonmember avatar Brianna

They're living creatures and they get treated like crap more often than not. Children shouldn't have pets in the first place, they're too ignorant and irresponsible.

Water... Water_geM

Maybe they should try enforcing welfare laws before banning the fish.

Nraw2011 Nraw2011

"Apparently the fish are often mass bred in ‘inhumane’ environments."      This is the issue, not how people treat them once they're home.  You kinda twisted the story into something else.   Have you ever seen a puppy mill?  The Animal Control and Welfare Commission frown on those too.  Ele4phant and Brianna  are right.  


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