SF Animal Control Commission seeks ban on goldfish
The City’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission is pushing for a pet sale ban in the city – only this time, it even covers goldfish. The idea is to put the squeeze on puppy and kitten mills that supply pet stores, and to discourage “impulse buys” of hamsters and other small pets that often wind up being dumped at shelters.
“Most fish in aquariums are either mass bred, under inhumane conditions or taken from the wild,” commission member Philip Gerrie said. That leads to “devastation of tropical fish from places like Southeast Asia,” he said. The proposed ban, which the commission just adopted after a year of study, was expanded to cover animal breeders as well as pet stores. Gerrie accused the “human” species of exploiting the environment – and the fish. “Humans are overfishing for food,” he said. “There’s a huge market for aquarium fish. That creates a demand.”
As for people who would argue that it’s just a goldfish? “That’s how we are in this society,” Gerrie said. “Some people say, ‘It’s just a human’ – when it comes to some that kill. It’s a matter of degree. Where do you stop?”
Local merchant like Ocean Aquarium owner Justin Hau is dumbfounded. “The city is taking more and more control,” Hau said. “They are very stupid.”