I’m causing trouble again. My son’s school is having its annual fete/fair on Saturday and I have found out that they are giving away live goldfish as prizes. As a long time aquarist and fish lover, this really gets on my goat.
Goldfish are more sensitive and intelligent than people give them credit for and it is terrifying for them first of all to be transported en masse to the school in tubs and then given out individually in plastic bags so children can jiggle them around for hours. Many of them will die very quickly from exhaustion and stress.
In addition, many people are not properly set up at home to win a goldfish. You need a tank with a proper filtration system, water treatments, gravel, plants, food. It is imperative that fish not be placed in water that hasn’t been properly treated. It usually results in a very speedy and painful death.
For those of you who have seen Finding Nemo where the dentist’s daughter shakes the fish she is given for her birthday to death, you will know what I mean.
My son’s school carried out this cruel act last year. Most of the goldfish were dead by the following day. That a school which presumably feels it is contributing to the moral and ethical development of its students would condone sentencing hundreds of goldfish to death needlessly, is shameful.
I had a very heated argument with the stallholder last year and the fact that she has decided to do it again despite my protestation and the protestations of others really irks me. Obviously, some bright spark somewhere has decided that it is so cute to win a goldfish, isn’t it?
So I have gone to see the school Principal and have told her that if the whole thing goes ahead I will be staging a protest on Saturday. I have a couple of activist mates who enjoy kicking up a fuss at a moment’s notice and are not adverse to a bit of name calling and ranting. And yes, they are members of PETA. Mel is also going to write a piece for her paper with the headline Primary School Condones Animal Cruelty. It is a shame that sometimes just to get your message across, you have to make a lot of noise and in fact, be a bit unpleasant. I guess that standing up for what you believe in is often not pretty. Should be a fun day at the fair.