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Tattooed Fish!?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I found this story this morning. Has anyone seen this? What do you think?


http://www.wsbtv.com/video/10917686/index.html

My opinion, while I think it's cool looking because well, I'm a fan of tattoos, but I don't see this as the most humane practice. The tattoos can't be done under water, and fish need to live in water to survive, so it's inhumane just to pull them out of water just to stick them with some ink. Not to mention, it's different for us to get tattoos. We choose too, they can't say "HEY! Don't stick me with that!" Opinions?
post #2 of 12
NO ! ! I´m not having that, I think its just plain cruel as you said they have no choice in the matter and the appearance is just for our so called pleasure. Just plain crazy why on earth do humans have to meddle with everything
Leave them alone, fish are beautiful enough as they are !!
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
It is for appearance. The guy in the video hopes it will encourage more people to own and take care of fish. While I understand his argument, I think most would agree that it's inhumane.


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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
NO ! ! I´m not having that, I think its just plain cruel as you said they have no choice in the matter and the appearance is just for our so called pleasure. Just plain crazy why on earth do humans have to meddle with everything
Leave them alone, fish are beautiful enough as they are !!
post #4 of 12
As a fishkeeper and breeder I'm appalled at what people will do to make a buck. The "tattooing" and dyeing of fish in any way shape or form isn't done to promote a species of fish or to encourage people to own fish. This practice is done to make a fish more "appealing" to children by painting them all sorts of fancy colors. It's all done to make money.

This is a very stressful process for the fish. The fish that have this practice done to them live shortened lives and their immune systems can also be hampered. If you think this is bad there is also a practice, and I hope it's not growing, where fish have their entire tail fin cut off. I forget the term used for this but it disgusts me even more than dyeing fish.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
. Just plain crazy why on earth do humans have to meddle with everything
Leave them alone, fish are beautiful enough as they are !!
yep agree with the above.
post #6 of 12
I think that is just mean, what if they was to puncture a lung or something, I think fish are just pretty the way that God made them.
post #7 of 12
The most commonly seen fish that are dyed is the Glassfish species Parambassis ranga but there are a number of other species that are subjected this morally and ethically wrong practice. Tetras, catfish, gourami, livebearers, barbs and some cichilds are also injected with dyes.

The dyes are administered using a needle that injects the dye below the surface of the skin or beneath the scales. To put it in the perspective a little 2" fish being injected by the needle would be similar to a human having a pencil thick needle jabbed through your skin. Not a pleasant experience.

There has been a growing movement in the hobby the last two years to try and have these practices stopped but for now there isn't any government ban on selling or owning these poor fish. It's sad but tropical fish aren't given the protections that other pets such as cats and dogs are. Abuse is abuse no matter the species.

This won't stop until people stop buying these fish. Unfortunately, the purchase of one of these "color enhanced" fish encourages the people who keep doing this to continue to do so. If there are any of the local pet stores or local fish stores that sell these types of fish then I will not give them my business. IMHO, the store owners who stock these fish aren't any better than the people who actually inject the dyes and as a result they won't get a dime of my money.
post #8 of 12
I am greatly disturbed by this!!!! I have an 80 gallon, 10 gallon, and bettas. It is absolutely cruel to unnecessarily tattoo an innocent animal that can not defend itself all for the sake of money!!!! And I would NEVER patronize a place such as that pet store that sells them knowing that those fish are unnecessarily harmed. That is cruelty towards animals in my book. No reputable place would want to make a buck off of that! I would NEVER purchase a tattooed animal! It is cruel. Fish are beautiful the way God made them! If God wanted them to have a pink heart tattooed on their bodies he would have made them that way! People SERIOUSLY need to back off and stop inflicting unnecessary and cruel pain on animals! That is absolutely rediculious- and what's more rediculious are people who think it's ok to do something like that How would they like to be held under water (remember they take the fish out of water to tatoo them) and stabbed repeatedly with needles without being able to fight back????? Is that "Cool"??? I think not! I don't care if it's a person, a cat or a fish- they do NOT deserve that!
post #9 of 12
Look up dyed fish ... URRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH
post #10 of 12
It's not just unnecessary pain... it's really endangering their lives.

If you have to take them out of the water, they can easily die there, also manipulating fish removes some of their protective "slime" coating, which makes them more vulnerable... but most important, it causes a great deal of stress, which can make them sick or kill them.

post #11 of 12
Holy moly.............thats just stupid!! Why in the world are they doing that?

Geesh..........

post #12 of 12
That is so sad. Those poor fish. How do they know they aren't hurting the poor babies!!
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