I’ve just realized that I am an aquarium junkie.
I’ve visited 4 different aquariums in the last year; one of them twice!
After what I’ve written earlier about Animals in Zoos, https://planetross.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/animal-penal-system/
I think I am a hypocrite.
I guess I don’t feel the same way about fish as I do about animals. I do feel sorry for all non-fish creatures at aquariums: I hope that redeems me somehow. Even that is hard; those dolphins and sea lions always look so damn happy during the shows.
But the fish… I have no sympathy. I guess I’m heartless. I like to rationalize it by thinking it’s better to be in an aquarium tank than in a restaurant tank or a fisherman’s net.
For the record: there are no sashimi/sushi restaurants at aquariums in Japan. Japanese people have their limits I guess.
I’m not a pet person, but at a local festival I ended up taking home a goldfish someone else had won. I put it in my biggest glass bowl, bought some fish food for it, and was getting all attached to the little bugger. Then it died.
I think it died of happiness; but I could be wrong.
So what do you do with a dead goldfish? I flushed it down the toilet: returning it from whence it came.
I told my Japanese co-worker this and she thought I was strange. I gave her the “returning it from whence it came” argument, but that didn’t work.
She said since it was a pet, I should have buried it.
I think I need to go to a Fish Sensitivity Counselling Seminar.
note: I hope they have fish and chips for lunch.