It is uncanny that on a day that I set about to make my fish happier that the thing about PETA should come up. I thought I would add to the comments on the PETA forum but I don't want to give them the time of day. I want to talk about my fish. We have all this about plants, pictures of how well our vegetables are doing and very little about the fish. I love my fish and I have a desire for them to be comfortable and normal as I said once before. If you saw my video on Matt's Miracle you would see that the lids on the fish tank are down. I know that is how most people do it and I am sure there is some scientific prof that it does no harm etc, etc, etc. Well I care and I feel the fish like the sun or at least the non darkness. I know they love the plants on their tanks. They hide under them, they eat, them and I personally think they feel better with them on the top. So today I made a little experiment of my own. Don't care that it is not in a referred journal. It satisfied me. I opened up the 4 tanks of Matt's miracle. The fish always run away and hide in the back. So I put several water hyacinth on top of them and walked away and left the lid up. I left it up all afternoon and each time I came back to see what they were doing. They were swimming around and hanging out under the hyacinths something they never had a chance to do. Also when I came back to feed them in the late evening they came up to eat in my presence something they never do. I was very satisfied that my fish were happy and comfortable.
I talk to my fish everyday and I try to decided why they don't want to eat. I can tell you the characteristic of each tank of fish. Just because they may be eaten at a later date doesn't mean that I wont take the very best of care of them. Maybe PETA will publish this under the title THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF FISH .NOT, Peta just like to make noise. I put them right up there with the Outdoor Circle in Hawaii and their treatment of the Oscar Meyer Winner mobile.
Anybody want to take up a collection and send PETA a box of live rats. what do you think they would do with them. I don't mean domestic rats either. I have to tell you this story because I have thought of sending the rats more than once. When I lived in Omaha and taught at UNO I had a friend who loved animals and never liked to do any experiments with them. At the time I had some mice in my house. My professor friend said try to live trap them and let them loose outside. I tried this for about a week or more to no avail. Soon the mice were over running the house. They destroyed the microwave, ate holes through the walls and generally destroyed things. I got so mad went out and bought poison and didn't care one little bit wether it was humane or not. That was the first time I wanted to send the Mice to PETA.
Along as we know we treat our fish right I think we are ok. What do they know about how to treat a fish anyway. I wonder how they feel about big birds like eagles and herons that swallow the fish alive. Just a thought. A better thought is to make YOUR FISH HAPPY.