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Goldfish ban for San Fran?

A ban on the purchase of goldfish has been sought in San Francisco to prevent the animals suffering.

GOLDFISH MIGHT BE banned in San Francisco after complaints from animal welfare supporters that they undergo “inhumane suffering”.

The San Francisco Gate reports that the San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission has proposed a bill that would include a ban on other pets such as puppies, kittens and hamsters.

This is to discourage ‘impulse buys’ of animals which are often cruelly discarded or end up at shelters.

Philip Gerrie of the commission told the newspaper that the goldfish and other tropical fish undergo “inhumane suffering”, which includes how they are harvested.

He said that reefs and ecosystems are exploited in order to harvest such fish and that the human species has exploited the environment in its quest for domesticated pets.

However local pet store owners in San Francisco are not happy with the idea, with one proclaiming it “stupid”.

For more information read this story on the San Francisco Gate website>

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