02-17-2010, 02:47 AM
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I've never seen "tattooed" parrots before, meaning the type with actual designs tattooed on their sides. I've only seen white balloon mollies that were tattooed.
I've seen a ton of dyed parrots though. Purple, green, blue, etc. Most of the regular red/orange ones are actually dyed as well, to make the orange coloration stronger. That's why adult parrots are rarely as bright as the younger ones: the dye fades with time.
It's a horrible practice, if you ask me. Usually if I go to a store with dyed/tattooed fish, I point out to whoever looks most in charge that their fish are dyed/tattooed and explain that this is cruel to the fish. If they're ignorant of the practice, I cross my fingers and hope that they'll rethink their next fish order. If they're aware of it yet don't care, I tell them I'm taking my business elsewhere.