02-24-2007, 10:33 AM
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Another good LFS gone bad
About a week ago I went into my secondary LFS with my friend and her 2 kids. It's a local chain petstore, and we were getting supplies for fish and other critters. Although we weren't there to buy any fish, of course we had to look anyways. I browsed along the row of tanks as usual until I came upon a tank full of white mollies that had been tattooed with pink and blue stripes and spots. I was so shocked that "Oh my God! What the hell!?" fell right out of my mouth. My friend's 9 year-old son was standing next to me and asked what was the matter. I explained to him about tattooed and dyed fish and the whole horrible process they go through. There was another customer standing nearby.... I hope he heard what I said. I was so outraged that I put everything that I was going to buy back on the shelf. When an employee asked me if I was finding everything ok, I stated that I would no longer shop there because I had already had a discussion with the manager about Glofish, but this was more than I was willing to tolerate. She was very apathetic and said "Well, we're not going to stop carrying them." To which I responded "Have it your way then. I'm going across the street to Petsmart. Bye."
There is a little bit of good news though. Yesterday my friend called me and told me that her son is now adamant about humane treatment of fish. He vehemently refuses to buy anything
from a store with tattooed or dyed fish. I'm very angry at the store, but I'm now proud of this kid for being concerned for the welfare of animals that usually get treated like disposable objects. GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE TO PET WAREHOUSE!!!