Tattooed Fish

Singapore is now exporting ... tattooed fish!

At Steve's Wonderful World of Pets in Williamsville, N.Y., owner Steve Lane is selling tattooed fish for the first time. Some have polka dots, some have stripes and others even have pink hearts.

The fish are imported from Singapore. Lane believes they have to be restrained and then tattooed with a tattoo gun.

Four of the fish were brought and taken to the SPCA for their opinion.

Spokeswoman Gina Browning says the practice is not illegal as far as she knows, but they don't condone it. "Morally and ethically what we're looking at is incorrect. Any animal lover would agree, it's so unnatural," says Browning.

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Yeah, the SPCA tattooing dogs or implanting microchips for that manner is unnatural but not a bad thing...it helps the owner and the pet, just like neutering/spaying.

Pure aesthetic alterations or unnecessary alterations (i.e. declawing a cat, plus what juliet noted) seem far more unethical than anything. oh what people will do for money...
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The SPCA totally tattooed the ears of my dogs when I adopted them. That's still unnatural. They are using a flawed argument to combat something that truly is unethical. It's just unethical for other reasons.
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Would be cute if no harm was done. I think this harms their health and shortens their lifespan. Sad. I have 6 aquariums and love keeping fish. I won't be buying these.
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This is probably one of the most stupid things ever done to fish. Branding or neutering other animals are also purely for human comfort, but making these alterations for aesthetics... plain stupid. Want a tattoo? Make it yourself, on yourself.
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I Agree with Dr. Lao. I will boycott any LFS willing to sell this poor fish.

I grant this process is less destructive than the more common dyeing process of fish, but it is still worthlessly inhumane.

As for what Juliet says, your right. Branding cows is inhumane, clipping or bobbing a dog is inhumane, fishing is less of a problem for me, though I will not be engaging in any myself.

I grant any arguement over what is "natural" for fish is ridiculou; especially when I, as many others do, keep pet fish. However there is a level of responsibility in owning a pet that something like this clearly disregards. Until it is proven that this is painless and does not affect the fish's well being, why bother?
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