May 22, 2022 9:24 pm

France: a company stops selling round fish tanks because it says they drive fish crazy

PARIS (Reuters).- An important french aquarium seller decided to stop marketing round fish tanks because he claims they drive fish crazy and kill them quickly.

AgroBiothers Laboratory, leader of the French pet care market, it will no longer sell aquariums with a capacity of less than 15 liters and will now only market those that are rectangular, since it maintains that putting fish in small containers without filtration is animal abuse.

People buy a goldfish for their children on impulse, but if they knew what torture it is, they wouldn’t do it. Going round and round in a small bowl drives the fish crazy and kills them quickly,” he told the agency. Reuters the general manager of AgroBiothers, Matthieu Lambeaux.

The goldfish can live up to 30 years and grow to about 25 cm in large aquariums or outdoor ponds, but in small bowls they often die within weeks or months.

Lambeaux said that goldfish are social animals that need the company of other fish, ample space and clean water, and that keeping an aquarium requires a minimum of equipment and experience.

France is the Europe’s number one market for aquarium red fish, with about 2.3 million copies, Lambeaux said. Germany and several other European countries have long banned fish tanks, but France has no legislation on the subject.

It’s a French anachronism, that’s why we decided to change. We cannot educate all of our customers that keeping fish in a tank is cruel. We see it as our responsibility to stop giving consumers that choice,” Lambeaux said.

“There is a demand for fish tanks, but the reality is that what we offer children is the possibility of watching goldfish slowly die,” he said.

Reference-www.lanacion.com.ar

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