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Old 06-15-2005, 03:02 AM   #1
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Abused fishies

From the pages of the local aquarium society newsletter:

" In one of the shops selling a lot of plastic novelty and souvenier items, they are selling small plastic necklace globes, filled with coloured water and in each is a small baby fish, possibly a mollie or platy. Each globe would hold approximately 2-3 ounces of water. These are specifically aimed at the younger generation. Although each necklace comes with a set of instructions, including leaving a small air-space on top, feeding them everyday, and changing the water, and adding coloured vegetable dye, the instructions are not complete enough regarding temperature and the use of tap water. We are not only horrified at this as members of the hobby and Society, but also horrified at this practice of needless cruelty."

This all took place at Knott's Berry Farm......in August 1971 (putting fish in teeny, tiny containers is nothing new).
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Oh my...seems worse than Walmart's 'Aqua Babies'!! You noted this happened 34 years ago. Do they still sell these 'souveniers' today?
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Oh my...seems worse than Walmart's 'Aqua Babies'!! You noted this happened 34 years ago. Do they still sell these 'souveniers' today?
Seems highly unlikely. As well, the part of the letter that I did not copy into here was a very well organised letter-writing crusade to send letters to Knott's, the LA ASPCA and a couple of other places....I suspect it had an impact, especially back then.
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I wonder what else you will find in all those old Calquariums.
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I wonder what else you will find in all those old Calquariums.
Amazing and amusing things....they are really worth sitting down and perusing one rainy afternoon. I hope to get all the old ones scanned and onto CDs so that I can share them with interested parties, although nothing beats original hardcopy, let me tell you.
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