Petitioners in Scotland are furious that local fish stores are housing their Siamese Fighting Fish(Betta splendens) in small containers instead of larger holding tanks, much like they do here in the United States. While there are laws protecting pet shop animals a loophole in the Pet Animals Act 1951 and Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 allow pet shop owners to keep these fish in small containers. The petition, organized by Chris Law, was brought forward to members of the Scottish Parliament on March 17th and outlined their worry that these small containers lead to inactive and obese pet fish.
According to one committee member, “Many of the fish, which are popular because they are colorful and relatively cheap, are kept in tanks that are too small, which leads to poor health and obesity”. Though no surprise to avid aquarium hobbyists, the petition also stated, “small containers are open to temperature fluctuations and rapidly declining water quality”.
The small plastic cups used to house betta fish at local fish stores here in the U.S. have been the subject of much debate. Please let us know your opinion.
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