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Does Your Goldfish Need a Sweater?

Written by PETA | November 15, 2011

Brrr! A cold spell has gripped us here in Los Angeles, with night temperatures dipping down into the 50s—much too cold for Angelenos … and for goldfish. When the guardians of one rescued goldfish, Sadie, turned on her tank’s water heater this week, she immediately swam over to bask in the warmth, just like a kitten seeking a sunny patch or a dog seeking a place by the fire.

A sympathetic PetSmart employee rescued Sadie when she was deemed “valueless” because of a genetic defect. She was born with one eye—likely caused by overbreeding, a practice that is rampant in the hideous “pet” trade. The employee, an aquatic animals expert who cautions that caring for fish requires expensive equipment and frequent tank cleanings, subsequently left PetSmart in protest over the way the retailer treats animals as if they were commodities rather than recognizing that they are feeling individuals.

Please, never support companies such as PetSmart that put profit first—at the animals’ expense. Reputable local rescue groups and shelters often have fish who need new homes. If you or someone you know has aquatic animals, please also constantly check to be sure that the water temperature is in the proper range for the animal during winter months. After all, they can’t dust off their spare blankets or snuggle up with a friend for the night.

 

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • Bailey says:

    Goldfish are pond fish that thrive in cold water, heaters will kill them prematurely! Please return this fish back into a cool pond of remove the heater and replace it with a chiller, anything else is cruel! Please research pets needs properly before taking one into care.

  • Bailey says:

    Goldfish are pond fish that thrive in cold water, heaters will kill them prematurely! Please return this fish back into a cool pond of remove the heater and replace it with a chiller, anything else is cruel! Please research pets needs properly before taking one into care.

  • Bailey says:

    Goldfish SHOULD NOT have a heater! It will shorten their lifespan, they are cold water pond fish! If anything, buy them a chiller!

  • Jenny says:

    Goldfish are actually cold water pond fish that can live in temperatures WELL under 50. A heater will actually shorten their life span, that’s why people by chillers for them. If anything, I would focus on the issue of the badly bred Bettas and the small tanks they and Petco sell for them, without a filter or heater that they need to live. Full water changes shock their organs, uncycled and unfiltered water burns them with ammonia, and they’re tropical fish that need warm water to function properly. They should put on all of their bowls or tanks that are less than 5 gallons that they are not suitable for fish to live, all fish require a filter and cycled water, and tropical fish must have heaters.

  • Deb says:

    I just want to say that goldfish are cold water loving fish. It’s what they require. They like oxygen rich cold water. I have five fish tanks and all of my fish are spoiled as much as possible. I think a much bigger issue is the act of fairs and carnivals giving goldfish away as prizes. At least at petsmart they are cared for and can deny sales to customers that wont take proper care of the fish. It is much worse for them to be “won” and kept in a small bowl until they slowly poison themselves with waste and/or suffocate. I wish there was a law that could keep people from letting their children think that it is ok to slowly torture goldfish to death and act like it’s no big deal.

  • Mr. Goldfish says:

    I shop at PetSmart often and I am pleased with the stores clean conditions and expert workers that are always there to help. My store is great and hasa pet grooming center, pet adoption center, vet clinic, puppy training center and more. My goldfish a bought there (Bob) has lived for a year and a half and counting and i got it at PetSmart. PetSmart Charities also helped in the removal and care of the cats from Caboodle Ranch. I did however never see what went on behind the scenes.

  • Anonymous says:

    i love my animals as much as the next guy but a sweater really? yes we all love our pets but you must remeber gold fish are cold blooded so there for no matter how cold it gets it will not bother them-matt

  • Lucifer says:

    You go PETA!

  • Jarrod says:

    I am all for better treatment of animals, however goldfish are a coldwater species, and no matter how “cold” it gets in LA it wont bother your goldfish, by the way I live in alaska and keep goldfish and koi outside.

  • Brian says:

    I think all supporters of PETA should stop working at “Pet trade” Jobs “A sympathetic PetSmart employee rescued Sadie when she was deemed “valueless” because of a genetic defect. She was born with one eye—likely caused by overbreeding, a practice that is rampant in the hideous “pet” trade.”

  • Jimmy says:

    I have a wonderfull fish who I love, he has a hole in his head, permanently clouded eyes, ratted fins, and a deformed jaw…sorry I’m getting a little emotional. His name is Mogeewogeei, and I have refused to let him die!!! I have done everything within my power to improve and sustain his health. One time he was swimming violently in circles and smacking himself into the glass, he would have jumped out of the tank if I had not saved him. I took his cool, slippery body in my hand and brought him comfort till we was able to be revived. Many people have told me that he just wants to die, and for me to let him go…I cannot, for I know he needs my help. I took him to the local Animal Doctor here and was told Mogeewogeei needed a heart transplant, I have taken a second mortgage out on my house to ensure that only the best will be provided for my beloved pet. I love him always, and hope that my dedication will serve as an example to others, and to enspire them to never give up and never accept defeat…Mogeewogeei will survive, and will never, ever, ever die!!!

  • Alicia says:

    Rev. Schramm, you are absolutely right. Aquatic animals require lots of special care and equipment – everyone needs to be really sure before adopting (never buying) a fish, turtle, or other animal in need of a good home. Chris, I agree, this fish is pretty darn cute!

  • Nic says:

    That is horrible. Good thing God gave us this website, thank you Peta.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Most people who buy goldfish for pets don’t know that their new pet likely won’t survive very long simply because there is not enough oxygen in the water in a tiny goldfish bowl. To properly keep goldfish one needs a large fish tank with an air pump and a heater, such as one would buy for more expensive fish. The tank needs to be properly cleaned on a regular basis and of course the little creatures need the proper nutrition. Sadly, most people are not willing to spend upwards of $100.00 on housing and supplies for a fish that costs an average of $5.00.

  • Chris says:

    Saddie must be the cutest fish on the West Coast! and i bet her guardians are A+!

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