Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

PETA strikes again.

  1. Oct 30, 2005 #1


    User Avatar

    Aside from their eco-terrorism funding, PETA lobbyists managed to convince a group of sorry-asses that fishbowls are evil.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051026/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_life_italy_pets [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 2, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 30, 2005 #2


    User Avatar
    Gold Member


    Maybe Bush is wrong in bombing and killing Al Qaeda

    I think we know who the real raving lunatics are here....
  4. Oct 30, 2005 #3
    What's crazy about it? Fishbowls are a very unpleasant for fish - there's very little surface area (hence oxygen), little volume, usually no filtration or cirulation, etc. It's a death trap - this law seems reasonable to me.
  5. Oct 30, 2005 #4
    Without having read any scientific studies on it, I have heard for years that spherical containers are bad for fish. If that's true, I see no reason not to prevent people from using them. Rectangular aquariums are easy enough to come by, and you'd suppose that if people keep fish, they like them and wouldn't feel inconvenienced in being prevented from inadvertantly hurting the fish.
  6. Oct 30, 2005 #5


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    I think they've missed the mark a bit, but it's not entirely unfounded either. The problem isn't the shape of the bowl, but the size. I've never heard anything about it causing blindness, but fish don't thrive in small bowls or tanks. Goldfish seem to be the ones often sold in those sorts of bowls, and they really don't do well; they can have a very long lifespan, but in a bowl, you're lucky when they survive a few weeks. They're much better suited for large tanks or ponds.

    There are a few species of tropical fishes that can do well enough in a bowl without filters (assuming you change the water often enough to keep it sufficiently oxygenated for them), but it's very unnatural for them to be confined to such a small space for swimming. The lack of filters on these small bowls is another problem with them; the water isn't kept oxygenated.

    If you want to raise fish, make the investment into proper equipment and research the needs of the species you're selecting to make sure you're providing a comfortable habitat for them.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook