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Pet Stores Offer Tattooed Fish; Singapore Imports Include Hearts, Custom Designs

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WILLIAMSVILLEM, New York -- At Steve's Wonderful World of Pets in Williamsville, N.Y., owner Steve Lane is selling tattooed fish for the first time. Some have polka dots, some have stripes and others even have pink hearts.

The fish are imported from Singapore. Lane believes they have to be restrained and then tattooed with a tattoo gun.

Four of the fish were brought and taken to the SPCA for their opinion.

Spokeswoman Gina Browning says the practice is not illegal as far as she knows, but they don't condone it.

"Morally and ethically what we're looking at is incorrect. Any animal lover would agree, it's so unnatural," says Browning.

Lane believes the tattooed fish just might develop a love of the hobby for some people.

"My hope is if it gets more people into the hobby it's a good thing. If a kid comes in and sees a fish with a heart on it and says I want a fish tank and learns how to care for it, I think it's a win," says Lane.

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i think this is the most cruel thing to do to an animal.
   comment# 1   - gabriel ahnee · waipahu , hawaii · Feb 4, 2007 @ 10:08am

This is NOT done with a needle out of the water. The fish are actually sent through a glass tube, and never leave the water. Then the Tattoo is applied via a laser, in less than a second. It is very quick and painless to the fish.
   comment# 2   - Fish Guy · Chesapeake, VA · Feb 6, 2007 @ 4:46am

God appoints us stewards of the animals; Steve Lane tattoos fish. Exposing children to animal cruelty so that they can enjoy owning pets makes good sense too. Right?
   comment# 3   - E Enderle · MI, USA · Feb 6, 2007 @ 10:02pm

Even a thought that such thing could be a win or any good is disgusting.
   comment# 4   - Dejan · Nova Gorica, Slovenija · Feb 7, 2007 @ 1:26am

This is the most stupid discusting thing thing to do. It shuld be forbidden to do this to any animal. I can´t describe how much I hate this.
   comment# 5   - Joel Bjornsson · S.Sandby SWE · Feb 13, 2007 @ 12:18am

Only in America
   comment# 6   - Josephine · Sydney, Aust · Feb 20, 2007 @ 1:59pm

Fish with tattoes are very attractive and bring small profits from the stores. It is quite harmless, and is done with a low intensity laser, they pick the size and strength needed. its NOT inhumane!
   comment# 7   - Ashley (tatooed mollies owner) · Detroit, MI · Mar 5, 2007 @ 12:24pm

They're gonna get flushed in a few months anyways. Tattoo the suckers, and let some kid fall in love with an animal. Dogs are tatoo'd with reg numbers, and that burger that you just ate at Mcd's happened to come from a cow that probably had it's genitals cut off and branded. Reality is, you guys are liberal goons that like to complain. What ever happened to "fish don't have any feelings?" You're jealous 'cause someone's making money off of it. I'm a little jealous that the money's going to singapore/Hong Kong. Stop complaining so much, and have some lobster for dinner tonight. You're opinion doesn't matter, and it stinks anyway. If fish did have opinions (they don't) what makes you think that they wouldn't want to be tatoo'd. I'm sure that they are in pain the rest of their lives after getting a message on their side. When I order one, it will say "Eat more Fish", or "Prize Beta Champ", because I like to watch male beta's
   comment# 8   - Rhodey · ALB, NM · Mar 15, 2007 @ 9:55am

To lure in children into the hobby like that is sickening and profitwise disgusting aswell. Everybody into the hobby seriously condemns this action, as in tattoo or dyeing of tropical fish. And a heart on a fish doesnt make it cute, its something new and bizzare. It has a very unnatural appeal to it that would categorize as ugly. The ones pro of this action, accept you are participating in this cruelty conscious of it or not. If they feel pain or not from the laser. It is a cruel action on the animals. And to satisfy ignorant people or the disney mentalities with this atrocities, its just mindblowing people like that excist and never question what they do in life. It is sad people support this and raise their children as if its ok to keep pets that have been tattooed. That goes to parents and the fishfarmers and stores who support this. Sorry to see few people supporting this matter.
   comment# 9   - Rudberth · Palm Beach, Aruba · Mar 16, 2007 @ 6:49am

you mean to tell me the hearts are not natural? I thought it was tattoos are spawning...i guess the babies will not have the hearts
   comment# 10   - barbie · geneva usa · Apr 24, 2007 @ 12:09am

it is cruel to put anything like that on a fish. it is horrible! i am only 12 and i would hate to buy a fish that isnt naturally colored. i saw a whole bunch at walmart and it made me cry seing the poor fish colored like that. I HATE IT!
   comment# 11   - ashley · register,usa · May 5, 2007 @ 1:56pm

i just baught one today from wallie world i'm going to keep going back and buying more..i want one with a heart on it like that one i think there doing so we might as well buy them and give them a nice home and don't abandon them just cause they're tattooed give them a home haha
   comment# 12   - Cari L · Maryville, TN · May 6, 2007 @ 10:08am

"only in America" ? Are you kidding? They're coming from SINGAPORE you less than intelligent person!
   comment# 13   - SINGAPORE · los angeles, ca · May 7, 2007 @ 10:52am

It's a Fish!!!!
   comment# 14   - christian · athens, ga · Jun 4, 2007 @ 8:17pm

i sell this kind of fish. great seller, it does not hurt the fish, if you go fishing with a hook that might just hurt. you put them in a tank, next thing you pepole are going to say is get rid of the fish tanks wake up this is not the 60 pepole, you wear designer jeans, why not fish, i'll keep selling them as long as i can get them. great seller to kids and adults. cruel is neutering your dogs, spaying your cats. I raise mice to feed snakes that must be cruel too, but thay have to eat to, birds wear rings on ther legs, dogs&cats have a tatoo, so you dont lose them so tatooing a fish, come on think of it the next time you eat a fleafish from a fast food store. get a life pepole. and enjoy what you got fish with a tatoo is pretty. should be one in every fish tank.
   comment# 15   - rac2001 · algonac, michigan · Jun 17, 2007 @ 6:51pm

This is horrible! And the guy that said it was done in seconds with a laser and was painless, let's see you put up with it! This is as bad as the glass fish with the paint injected into them to make them appeal to kids. If kids need that much ecouragement to keep fish then they shouldn't have them to begin with. Fish are colorful and pretty enough without tattoos and paint injections, particularly when to do so just stresses them out and they die prematurely!
   comment# 16   - Courtney B. · Akron, USA · Jun 23, 2007 @ 7:03pm

That must be so terrifying for the fish...
   comment# 17   - Shelby · YoFace, VA · Jul 12, 2007 @ 12:51pm

A fish is still a living creature. Would you buy a dog or a cat that had hearts and spots tattooed on it? What about a hamster. Kids like those, I'm sure they would like them more if they had spots. How do you know its not painfull? Have you had a heart tattooed on you with a laser? This has got to cause some health problems with the fish. They probably die/get sick easily. What a waste. Tattooing fish and geting your animals fixed is totaly differnt situation. How can you even compare that? Whats the matter with you?
   comment# 18   - ashley · Canada · Jul 20, 2007 @ 4:39pm

I think it is pure wring. Maybe it isnt so bad for us, but fish get stressed out too easily to have such a thing done to them. You can see in the second picture of the pokadot mollie, that she isnt very healthy( hmmmm, i wonder why). Also, i know someone who knows a fish tattooist and you he said that they take them out of water, put them in a damp towel, and they tattoo them. Rhody from Alabama, if you sell fish you must know that they have a protective slime coating, which is there immune system. Taking that away makes them more susceptible to diseases. I doubt too many humans would be want a tattoo if it took away your immune system. Plus, it is detrimental to your other fish, if your tatoo's fish is sick, it can spread to other fish in the tank. If you honestly care about them, then you would understand that it is a completely wrong practice. Ohhh, this is coming from a 14 yr old.
   comment# 19   - Kribensis12 · USA · Aug 31, 2007 @ 9:40pm

That is the MOST disgusting, cruel, and un-ethical thing that you could do to a fish.... I myself own fish.... NEVER would I tattoo one!!!
   comment# 20   - Cheryl Wasielewski · Bessemer, Michigan USA · Oct 25, 2007 @ 7:33am

I just got a tattooed mollie today and I love it. It is a beautiful fish and fits right in with the rest of my fish. I think people need to get a life. If they have nothing better to do than argue about a fish then they are just a boring as the plants and rocks that decorate my tank. So in other words stop wasting your time. This is pointless.
   comment# 21   - Danielle · Flagstaff, USA · Nov 1, 2007 @ 11:19pm

that is mean.
   comment# 22   - tana waddell · helena usa · Nov 26, 2007 @ 3:09pm

Here's the deal: You are going to have this giant political debate over tattooing a FISH. Fine, you are all entitled to your opinions. Just because I don't like it does not mean someone else won't. There are more important things to worry about NEGLECTED CHILDREN? FAMILIES IN NEED? SEPARATION (or not) OF CHURCH AND STATE? OUR SOLDIERS AT WAR? tattoos seem hardly the thing to gripe about with the world and our country's current situations. We have all just wasted our time talking about this when we could have MADE AN ACTUAL DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. Seriously, think about it. It's A FAD, it will stop eventually. How many of you still have slap bracelets? Yes, these are LIVING CREATURES, but we are talking about a common goldfish, not an endangered species, and if you are going to gripe about this, why not go picket at a sardine factory? C'mon people.
   comment# 23   - Sam · Oxford,PA, USA · Dec 12, 2007 @ 3:59pm

You people who are saying this is cruel are just retarded. I'm pretty sure you all eat fish, and wouldn't that be cruel, you eating a fish. They already said that it wasn't even hurting the fish by giving it a tattoo, with a LASER at that. So you people who are saying "oh this is cruel blah, blah, blah, blah, blah" just grow up and get a life.
   comment# 24   - Kendra · Chicago, IL, USA · Dec 15, 2007 @ 2:17pm

First of all, I agree with Ashley, tattooing fish and spaying/neutering dogs and cats have nothing to do with each other. All pets need to be altered so one day maybe we won't be killing millions of great dogs and cats for lack of homes! The problem I have with the fish tattoo practice is it's just a money making scheme. Don't try to tell me we need to do this type of thing to interest people in having fish for a hobby. We should teach our children to love animals for what they are and treat them with respect and kindness whether they be a dog, cat, horse or fish, etc... Kids should be taught a pet's worth without a gimmick attached.
   comment# 25   - Barb · Somerset, USA · Dec 18, 2007 @ 8:57pm

Well-stated, Barb. Even if it doesn't hurt the fish, it is making a statement that the fish aren't perfect or acceptable just as they were created. also, YAY FOR SPAY/NEUTER!!!
   comment# 26   - Carri · Chicago, USA · Jan 3, 2008 @ 7:25am

Maybe the fish like some bling!
   comment# 27   - Ali · Tampa FL · Mar 8, 2008 @ 5:04am

Kendra from Chicago, I suggest you take your own advice and grow up. If you're going to insult people you should at least think of something a bit more intelligent than "retarded." You should also not be so presumptious. I do not eat fish, any other sea creature, or living animal. This is a cruel and inhumane act. Humans have no way of knowing whether this hurts the fish or not. Those who claim acts like this don't hurt animals are usually using it as an excuse to rationalize the inhumane actions. Regardless of physical pain, fish are easily stressed and this isn't natural and thus cannot be perfectly safe for the fish. They are living creatures, regardless of their size of importance to some. The way we treat all creatures, especially helpless animals, is a reflection of how we treat mankind.
   comment# 28   - G · OH, USA · Mar 15, 2008 @ 12:11pm

A store here just got some of these in and I'll probably buy a couple. I don't care if it's just shameless profiteering or not, because that's what almost everything is these days. The damage is already done to these fish if there is any, and the Singapore/HK company already got their money, so should you let them all die off without a chance to live outside of a plastic bag/pet store? Besides, if you really cared about the fish, you wouldn't have them holed up in an aquarium in the first place, it's not natural to live your life inside a tank in someones living room either.
   comment# 29   - A. · TN · Mar 26, 2008 @ 12:43am

thats so mean!!! why would you do that for our own enjoyment? it cant even be good for the fish just make it die sooner. aww :,(
   comment# 30   - im awesome · usa · May 20, 2008 @ 7:34am

Ive got 4 tattoo's of my own and personally thats just wrong, when someone decides they want to get a tattoo, thats up to them, why do it to a fish? like come, they don't even look that good....
   comment# 31   - AsIf · Here And There, · May 26, 2008 @ 12:18pm

I manage a large pet store and we sell these tatooed fish, I think they are great. one guy bought all the fish with hearts on it for his tank and dropped a ring at the bottom of the tank and proposed to his girlfriend that way. Get over it people!
   comment# 32   - Jamie · Bradenton, USA · May 29, 2008 @ 7:05pm

I know they are only fish, but look at their sad faces :-( Poor things. It doesn't even look good!
   comment# 33   - Melissa · Sydney, Australia · Jun 5, 2008 @ 8:00am

this is the most cruel thing I have ever seen this destroys their beautiful colour and body this is animal crulity done by zac
   comment# 34   - zac · australia · Jul 4, 2008 @ 8:30pm

Awful people are so ugly on the inside I cant stand it. No one needs to grow up. If you honestly think this is ok, You are just repulsive, why do people think hurting an animal can bring any sense of enjoyment. I'm not for this at all. People that say this is cool. dont grow up Grow a damn hearT!
   comment# 35   - Taylor · tx · Jul 13, 2008 @ 2:47pm

G of OH.... You said "I do not eat fish, any other sea creature, or living animal." What do you eat then? I assume plants. What are plants not good enough for you to defend and not eat??? Are plants not worthy of the same rights as animals?????? Plants do quite a lot of the same basic things and have some of the same basic needs as animals. They breathe, eat, drink, have veins that pass precious live giving fluids thought them, they “bleed” when injured (sap, etc). And some “move” by creeping. What stops you from protecting them from the plate? A face??? Would you eat a slime mold? The air you breathe contains living organisms. The water you drink, unless it is really filtered to the point it where it doesn’t resemble water anymore, contains living things. And all this talk about inhumane actions. Let me guess, you’re a Liberal and probably a Feminist. I love how Liberals and Feminists talk about protecting animals and stop wars, but condone, CONDONE the killing of babies because people shouldn’t be “punished” for the act of sex by a pregnancy. Feminist make me embarrassed to be female. Though I do love them, I like to make them cry by reducing them to tears when they can’t explain why killing innocent babies is okay by my hamburger isn’t. Or why raising and killing plants are ok by not meat. They deserve to live too! *snickers* Or the people protesting the cutting down of trees but they use cell phones, which have batteries that cannot biodegrade. Ah, hypocrites
   comment# 36   - Hug me, I'm cuddly · Columbus, OH · Jul 21, 2008 @ 12:12pm

you people need to get a life. its a fish, most die in a week or so. so who gives a procreate if theres some color on it. its cute, and harmless.
   comment# 37   - amanda · boston, Mass · Jul 23, 2008 @ 9:07pm

Amanda STFU!!!! a fish will only die in a week if people like you dont give them right conditions,So if you were a fish would you like to be in a 50 galons aquarium or in a 2 gallons bowl? This is sick!! Just let the nature roll!!!
   comment# 38   - João · portugal · Jul 26, 2008 @ 2:08pm

Amanda... you being quite an incompetent fish keeper and not being able to keep fish for more than a week doesn't mean that fish don't survive longer. I've been keeping fish for a long time and some species laste several years, some even a decade. The one that needs to get a life is you but first, probably, you'll need to ger a brain!
   comment# 39   - Ricardo · Portugal · Jul 28, 2008 @ 3:22am

Awful!!!if you want to tattoo somebody, do it to yourselves, not to the beautiful innocent fish! Just try, it hurts, and if the fish were meant to have colours like these, mother nature would have given it to them! Who are we to play God!
   comment# 40   - neo · Croatia · Aug 1, 2008 @ 7:44am

Fish with tattoos are very attractive and bring small profits from the stores. It is quite harmless, and is done with a low intensity laser, they pick the size and strength needed. its NOT inhumane! - Ashley (tatooed mollies owner) · Detroit, MI · Mar 5, 2007 @ 12:24pm - Ashley...if you do that you are cruel and selfish, because you hurt fish to sell them.They ares beautiful as they are, painted...horrible.It's sad. ''you people need to get a life. its a fish, most die in a week or so. so who gives a procreate if theres some color on it. its cute, and harmless.'' - Amanda grow up,and don't be such a retard...They die in a week, because they end in a tank handled by people like you
   comment# 41   - ZogLi · Lisboa, Portugal · Aug 5, 2008 @ 7:48am

at first i thought this was mean but now that i read how its done... i think its great.. i love to watch fish ad i think ts is more excitting to look at.
   comment# 42   - kkvrlv · logansport in · Aug 8, 2008 @ 9:25am

at first i thought this was mean but now that i read how its done... i think its great.. i love to watch fish ad i think ts is more excitting to look at. - kkvrlv · logansport in · Aug 8, 2008 @ 9:25am it's exciting to see a fish being tortured by some jerk? These comments are the reason that the world is so full of disgrace and abuse...It's sad.Sometimes i wonder...brains,thought's,compassion,intelligence... are common among humans ?
   comment# 43   - ZogLi · Lisboa, Portugal · Aug 17, 2008 @ 4:08pm

I think that is cruel and the fish, who have no say in anyhting, should never have to deal with that. And for someone to say that they will be flushed in a few months anyway is one of the most disgusting things i've heard. If you knew anything you'd know that with the proper care, you can have fish for years!
   comment# 44   - Meg · Boston MA · Sep 14, 2008 @ 6:59am

I think it is really cool. AWESOME
   comment# 45   - Sarah · Florida · Oct 3, 2008 @ 10:14pm

It's ridiculous that anyone would want a "tattooed" fish. It's prima facie inhumane and only the ignorant would think it makes a fish more worth having. Any shopkeeper selling them ought to be ashamed and the people applying the "tattoos" to the fish ought to face fines heavy enough to make the endeavour unprofitable. Any clod who would say that opposing this is "liberal" ought to be slapped around.
   comment# 46   - R. J. Sterling · Erie, Pennsylvania, U. S. · Oct 12, 2008 @ 7:08pm

I bought one yesterday he has pink spots with a blue number in the middle he is completely heathly and looks great!!!
   comment# 47   - Zoe · Australia · Oct 27, 2008 @ 12:16am

This is a horrific practice and although I sometimes hear that "its done with a laser and doesn't hurt them" that is hardly ever how it is actually done. The equipment would be incredibly expensive and would take considerable expertize. Instead fishes are stunned with either a current or a slap and are either injected with dye - or scales are removed or abraised and then the fish is dipped progressively in differnet dyes. The fish stores are simply told that they are done in this high tech manner to pacify potential complaints. In truth the countries that actually do this and export the fishes namely singapore, thailand and others use cheap labor and almost torturous methods to color the fish. Regardless on how it is done, it makes the fish more likely to catch disease due to missing or damaged scales and coatings or can damage the lateral lines of the fish making them disorientated throughout their lives. Please do not buy these fish!! - If you have already, please discourage others from doing so!
   comment# 48   - James · Orlando · Nov 24, 2008 @ 12:27pm

Sam · Oxford,PA, USA · Dec 12, 2007 @ 3:59pm "There are more important things to worry about...NEGLECTED CHILDREN? FAMILIES IN NEED? SEPARATION (or not) OF CHURCH AND STATE? OUR SOLDIERS AT WAR? tattoos seem hardly the thing to gripe about with the world and our country's current situations." ?!?!?! This is one of the stupidest, most played out anti-animal rights arguments out there. I, as I'm sure many other people here who think tattooing fish is a lame idea, DO care about LOTS of other issues out there in the world, incl. those mentioned in Sam's rant; spending time sticking up for animals (of any species) does NOT take away from my ability to care about humans, war,etc! So maybe the fish aren't necessarily being tortured, & i love my own tattoos, but if I was another species & a person took me out of my element, pinned me down, & ran a needle up & down my skin, without me having a clue what was going on or why I would be totally terrified. And sorry people, but a tattoo can definitely HURT & it should be a personal CHOICE whether to have it done or not & when i got mine, I knew I was safe! The worst thing about this idea, is that it perpetuates the attitude that other species are simply here for our amusement, our decoration, for us to look @. What a selfish novelty.
   comment# 49   - Diedra · Winnipeg, MB, Canada · Dec 24, 2008 @ 5:32pm

This is completely inhumane. People must stop this cruelty right now.
   comment# 50   - Lucy · Belfast, Ireland · Jan 2, 2009 @ 10:27am

first of all, its fish....They don't cry, they don't make faces, and they don't care if they are tattooed. There really is no discussion for this, if you like it, buy it, if you don't like it, don't buy it. Simple as that. I don't like the fact that they make condems from sheeps skin, sheep do make faces and cry and get tattooed all the time and people still use sheep skin condems for their pleasures, no one says anything!!!!!! I think I am going to protest!!!!!
   comment# 51   - Cassandra/fish owner · Dickinson, ND · Jan 6, 2009 @ 8:38pm

Fish only have a 3 second memory span. So, they dont remember the pain. They dye in the long run though is probably bad for the fish. I dont think its extrememly "cruel" but it is definatley not good.
   comment# 52   - Madison · Hollister, USA · Feb 13, 2009 @ 6:11pm

LOOK ITS JUST A FISH IM SURE IF THE GUY THAT SAYS THE FISH ARE NOT HURT AND ITS DONE IN A SEC KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DONT BUY THEM GOSH ITS NOT LIKE EVERY FISH IN THE WORLD IS TATTOO'd ok your husban or dad maby even your mom goes fishing witch means that they put a hook threw the fishes mouth and then even sometimes cook them im not a big meat lover myself and i love animals i have 26 rescued dogs and 3 50 gallon tanks filled with fish of all kinds only 1 is salt water and i have took in so many cats hampsters snakes anything in fact my husband has just took in a white snake im not real big with the snake thing so i really dont know what it is called even he would like to find a way to put a tattoo on his snake and he wouldnt hurt an animal if his life depeded on it its not that big of a deal its not hurting them and most people think it is cool i would love to have one of these fish if i only knew were to buy one and as for the neon colored fish at wall mart that is inside the fish yes that is crule but the tattoo is in the skin not damaging the internal body so this is not a crulty having dogs in pins is animal crulity and having big birds in a cage and never taking them out to play with it is animal crulity shooting a dear bear or an animal is crule and i could have a much longer list that would ot involve tattooing fish so if there is a problem you have in your mind im sure these people dont care bout it so if you dont like it dont buy it!!
   comment# 53   - I HAVE FISH TOO · USA · Feb 22, 2009 @ 2:30pm

look if you love fish so much that you cant sand the fact that someone would like to have a tatto'd fish its not like you have to buy them so get over it its also not good for an dog or at to be sent to a pound but plenty of people do it if you wanna harsh on 1 person with some fish to tatto them then i think you need to look in the mirrow and ask your self is tattoing a fish really something we need to be arguing about or is there bigger things in the world than fish
   comment# 54   - someone who cares · usa · Feb 22, 2009 @ 3:00pm

I know, I will go out and buy a couple of trouts, get them tattoed, and let them live in a 100 gallon fish tank. They will be happy in a large humane tank, and looking good at the same time. Then, in a couple of weeks eat them for dinner. See? everybody is happy now, including my tummy.
   comment# 55   - garabato · San Francisco, CA · Mar 11, 2009 @ 7:48am

Only in America come on.. it started in HONG KONG! i have a collection of fish and to be honest theres bigger and better things in the world to be arguing about then tattooing fish.. if you dont like it then dont buy a damn fish.
   comment# 56   - Krissia (Fish Owner) · USA · Mar 11, 2009 @ 9:44am

This blog is so funny! Let's outlaw human enhancements too.Those people with lip, hip, boob,face,buttocks,cosmetic surgery of any type are doing these things to better "sell" themselves.Not everyone can afford that, so we should outlaw it too. And we use latex to save the sheep :} LUCY!from Belfast,Ireland- Does the nightly news just make up all that bad stuff that is going on there so that I will keep tuning in?I mean if life IS like that where you live,I would alot rather hear your perspective on THAT than on these fish. Inhumane?I understand there to be a whole lot of that going on over there. Of course that is just the newsmans perspective. Can't be that bad if people there have computers and a real strong standing on stopping cruelty to fish!Did you know that they BREED fish just for killing????Yep.Got me some in the freezer now.I am glad too! Because I hate that horrible smell they leave on your hands when you catch them yourself. I got a tat once and for the record, the process was alot more annoying than painful,and it was done with a needle. Sure is a cold day in Missouri.My fish are happy fish- happy to be Inside the aquarium instead out outside in my decorative pond. Don't get mad.I really do fish them in that pond, even when the temperature is 14 below zero.But hey!I am not the only one! And I can sure tell who stared out the window having deep thoughts on cruelty to fish,instead of working on their spelling, if you want to be tak
   comment# 57   - Ronada · Hannibal,USA · Mar 11, 2009 @ 12:32pm

We save the sheep, Use latex!
   comment# 58   - Ronada USA · Hannibal, USA · Mar 11, 2009 @ 12:34pm

I have a fish with a heart on it, And he has been alive and well now for several months!!! I dont see why everyone is getting all pissed about it..And everyone that has seen him LOVES HIM!!!
   comment# 59   - Brandi C · Cambridge,usa · Apr 6, 2009 @ 6:07pm

This is discusting and should be banned from all petstores! Its not cool...its cruel!!
   comment# 60   - Sherry · Athens USA · May 18, 2009 @ 5:45pm

i bought one today and my fish seems just fine it seems kinda cool
   comment# 61   - vmgjuk · usa · May 25, 2009 @ 6:12pm

Being liberal has nothing to do with our objections to this practice. Imagine a relative is autistic or otherwise unable to speak. May I tattoo them with a laser? I swear it won't hurt. It might make people think he or she is cute.
   comment# 62   - Susan · Chicago, IL · May 31, 2009 @ 6:08am

Neither of the fish in those photos look particularly healthy.
   comment# 63   - Elisa · Illinois, USA · Jul 5, 2009 @ 9:42pm

so joel, we know you cant express how you feel cuz you cant even type. & these crazy people talkin bout how this is "so cruel" need to actually do their research and know how this is done because it causes the fish no pain. it's like dressing up your dog. think it's janky if ya want but it's not cruel.
   comment# 64   - Megan · Kentwood, Michigan USA · Jul 12, 2009 @ 2:14pm

i think that is plain mean to do to a fish. fish are natural, living creatures too. what if you were the fish, and you were suddenly surrounded by people doing a tattoo on it. you would terrified and it could cause, i think, shock to the fish and if a fish gets too shocked, it could kill it. what if you didn't have a choice to get a tattoo? and you had to get it anyway. that is animal cruelty. well, not animal cruelty, fish cruelty. i think it is mean. would you want it if you were the fish and the fish was you. think.
   comment# 65   - alyssa · medford usa · Jul 22, 2009 @ 4:48pm

To be fair, Discovery has shown plenty of shows regarding the plight of the shark against its only predator, man. Sure, they promote Shark Week by showing huge shark bites and aggressive feeding frenzies, but if you'd actually watch the shows, they try to be fair about how and why a shark behaves the way it does, and how misunderstood they are.
   comment# 66   - alex · medford usa · Jul 22, 2009 @ 4:56pm

I just bought one of these "tattoo'ed fish" and I think they are so cool and intriguing to look at. I bought them for just 5.99 at a normal pet store. When they were called 'tattoo molly' I had no idea they were actually tattoo'ed, until I read this. I bought one with orange and blue polka dots (go gators!) and one with purple and blue stripes on both sides. I think they are pretty amazing!
   comment# 67   - Sierra · Lakeland, Florda · Jul 27, 2009 @ 12:38pm

this is a very traumatic experience for the fish. DO NOT BUY THESE FISH! it really is animal abuse and I can't believe anyone would think otherwise. yes, they do inject the dye and it is NOT done with a laser, who ever is saying this is completely misinformed. please educate yourself-
   comment# 68   - ash · SF, USA · Aug 19, 2009 @ 10:11am

You all are so worried about these poor, poor fish but what about the fact that women are having their own children ripped apart and sucked out of their bodies?! You act like this is the cruelest thing you've ever seen, there's a lot worse things going on in the world!! Save your energy and fight for something that actually matters!
   comment# 69   - Mandi · Kansas USA · Sep 3, 2009 @ 1:02pm

You people act as if your hearts are full of compassion. Drop this hypocritical act,or maybe turn vegetarian then. The fish dont even have any knowledge of whats going on. Its one's personal choice whether you buy the mollies or not. What about invitro, whereby you use a needle to inject a desired sperm into the egg? Ouch says the egg. You immature people. All the big talk,and slithering out of action. And i've read,singapore do not use cheap labor.they are really advanced,and these fish designer projects are done under closely monitored lab conditions.
   comment# 70   - michael · canada · Oct 27, 2009 @ 8:40am

You people that likes this things is very sick, and need help! No weare in sweden they had alowed this kind of fish. The fish have never asked for the tatto, you are! Only in America people buy this kind of things, never in Europ.
   comment# 71   - Adde · Sweden · Dec 27, 2009 @ 5:07am

I've been a tattoo artist for 33 years. Nothing wrong with this at all.
   comment# 72   - Dave · United States · Dec 27, 2009 @ 2:44pm

In order for the ink to stay on the fish they have to burn the slime coat off 1st by dipping them in acid then dying them. Its just stupid, I work at a pet store that will not buy any dyed fish because it is inhumane and it makes the fish less hardy.
   comment# 73   - JoAnn · florida · Jan 19, 2010 @ 2:43pm

Its cruel and i am a tattoo artist. the fish are undergoing extreme pain i am sure. as humans our body's can take the pain of tattoos as a mild form of pain but the fishes body and the size of the tattoo is horible for there nerves.....its just wrong pure animal abuse.
   comment# 74   - Jon · newyork · Jan 25, 2010 @ 7:02am

I work at a pet store and this it disgusting! Its all the DAMN MONEY!All you republicans who say "you guys are crying over nothing" Well why the hell do you want YOUR money to go to another country? Think about that. Instead of staying here in the US. And YES IT DOES HURT THE FISH. I agree, if people were doing this dogs and cats oh there would be a law in the next few months. So what hell? Are fish so below us ? AND NO i dont eat fish, I cant stand it. And you guys call your selves "Good Christians." PAGANS make BETTER christians! I dont believe God wanted this! Yet here you are, playing god!OOOOH abortions? REALLY? And if you want to go down the route of saying there is more to worry about then this wtf ? All you christians are sooo worried about gay marraige when people in Africa are being murdered or here in our country people are being thrown out on teh street. Buts lets worry about abortion and gay marriage! just bullshit. And NO spaying is NOT CRUEL what is cruel is having animals roaming the streets hungry and getting hit by cars! THATS WHY WE SPAY. If you HAD HAVE A HEART YOU'D KNOW THAT!
   comment# 75   - Frances · Arizona · Feb 22, 2010 @ 3:17pm

These fishes are NOT tattooed. It is actually a genetic design that the scientists are doing which plays with the outer apparence of animals.
   comment# 76   - Danielle · US · Mar 9, 2010 @ 3:51pm

We are loosing basic respect for all of life. This is not only about the un-natural defacement of one living creature. If we accept this act without questioning it and understanding deep down that it is wrong, no acceptions, we loose a part of our humanness. I personally believe we need to consume plants and animals for survival and nutrition. This is a very natural exchange. But to intentionally subject a living, feeling creation of God to torture for our own vanity is disgusting. And to promote this lack of respect for LIFE, which is targeted at children, is reprehensible. Just think about it. Where do you draw the line? If we don't draw the line with this defenseless creature, a fish, we aren't too far off from a complete lack of respect for any life, including humans. Don't let consumerism, vanity and money cloud your judgement. LISTEN to your heart and you will know that this is wrong. It might help to see one of these fish in person, it gives you such an ill feeling. Everything is easier to accept when it is at a distance. LIFE IN ALL LIVING FORMS IS LIFE...LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH RESPECT FOR ALL LIVING CREATURES, INCLUDING HUMANS AND YOURSELF. PASS THIS LESSON ONTO YOUR CHILDREN. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. LOVE TO ALL.
   comment# 77   - Danielle S · Miami, USA · Mar 22, 2010 @ 4:13pm

Alright so i am a marine Bio student and actually to all fo you out there this process whould not stress the fish out any more then transporting them from singapore or england or africa or anywhere that you whoudl ship a tropical fish from. as for the tattoo, the scales dont have nerve endings, with the exception of the lateral line which only feels electric impulses. the laser would then color the scale more then likly not the skin, its the same as if you tried to burn your finger nail. it wouldn't hurt unless you left it on long enough to boil you finger. that being said the tattoed fish is a fish that has a short life span any way and was raised in a lab tank. there not caught they are breed and there are thousands of them, get over your selfs please it's not in humane and never will be. in the aquaculture world there is a saying "you have to kill thousands to before your doing it right" meaning that thousands of the raised fish will die no matter what. and before you say "well then stop farming fish" think of this. if we took all the fish form the ocean how many do you think would be left?
   comment# 78   - Scottish hound · mystic, CT · Mar 30, 2010 @ 2:18pm

I think they're absolutely beautiful.
   comment# 79   - HelloTheyCallMeYetiAndiHaveiNternetAccess · YellowStoneNationalPark · May 23, 2010 @ 9:17pm

I think this is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. Fish are naturally beautiful, why tattoo them? People need to stop treating animals like humans. They don't think like us and they definitely don't want to be tattooed like us. IT'S DISGUSTING. even if it doesn't hurt them, there is something wrong with our world if we have to tattoo something that is already so naturally beautiful.
   comment# 80   - ew · Vancouver · Jun 7, 2010 @ 8:46pm

I think is is pretty and if it dont hurt the fish i dont see a problem with it?
   comment# 81   - JAYMIE · IRONTON OHIO · Jul 3, 2010 @ 9:58am

if you think this is cruel, than maybe you should be against fishing. :)
   comment# 82   - wharty · md · Jul 31, 2010 @ 2:34pm

i agree it's very very cruel , but on the other hand animal cruelty is wrong and it shoudn't be done so yeah ,but the way of life is hard and eventually they will die so there is no sense in saying they will live forever when it;s just a fish with a life that will unfortunately die someday.. it's a cruel way to make animals prettier than they are , but in reality they are pretty. now i have a tattooed molly fish and i love it so much. it has a good life and i treat it well. that's my opinion about that so.. good- bye. p.s. sorry if this is a little harsh , but it's the way it has to be.
   comment# 83   - rehah · orlando, florida · Aug 3, 2010 @ 10:25am

My daughter loved the fish I'm just wondering what type of fish it is because this fish got sick.... the lady at the pet shop told me the fish is under stress and that's why your fish is dying.....
   comment# 84   - monyca Johnson · Miami,fl. usa · Aug 16, 2010 @ 7:20pm

I saw these today...I was dumbfounded and sick, all at the same time. I didn't even THINK. Something is just wrong when you instantly feel like vomiting when you see something. I raise tropical fish. I've never felt so uneasy lookin at something. I'm not a feminist, animal activist, and I enjoy fishing...this just seems messed up.
   comment# 85   - dazedtrucker · ks · Sep 11, 2010 @ 10:34pm

U ppl need to get over yourselves really! This is absolutly Painless to a fish. Some are done while they r eggs. U really should make better use of your time
   comment# 86   - jess · us · Oct 30, 2010 @ 12:58pm

   comment# 87   - KING VIRUS · LOS ANGELES · Nov 3, 2010 @ 7:44am

It is hard to comprehend that some people are so anti-fish tatoo. Yet it is OK to have International Spear Fishing Tournaments/ International Bill Fishing Competitions/and all sorts of other fishing or hunting competitions. (Killing for Sport) Do you protest these too? I would safely say that most restaurants in the world sell fish,how were they caught? how were they killed? Do you think in a nice way? Did the fish choose to be on the menu? That crab that you love to eat,was strapped to a conveyor belt still alive and run through a machine that cut its legs and pinchers from it's body. Fish are hooked,clubbed,netted,speared,trapped and die a slow death,to end up on your plate. Lets be honest...there is no way people can say that this fish,chicken,beef,pork or whatever it is that you eat was killed in a nice way. Do you protest that too? Next time you go to a restaurant ask how that fish came to his demise? Or when you buy that turkey for Thanks giving ask what was his last moment on this earth like? If I was a fish and had a choice I would choose the tatoo over the frying pan. If you really don't like the tatoo fish idea,make a deal with the tatoo guy. You stop eating and he stop tatooing fish. I real win, win situation.
   comment# 88   - Kolohe Boy · Tahiti · Nov 21, 2010 @ 11:17pm

sooo.... where in the world do i get these fish??? i need a link because i've been looking for literally two hours trying to find a shop/website that sells these cool fish! and bt- if fish do feel the pain, they have extremly short attention spans... just something to think about :p
   comment# 89   - cutiepie7 · Los Angeles California · Nov 26, 2010 @ 5:05pm

how do the heart get on the side of the fish
   comment# 90   - popcorn · camilla ga · Jan 3, 2011 @ 2:57pm

comment #17... really? how do you know that they even have the capacity to fear... In order to fear something an organism must be able to reason... How do you know fish can reason? and come on people they are fish for heaven's sake? Can you not find other issues to create an up roar about? such a unemployment and poor economy?? If you truly feel it is cruel then don't buy one, simple as that. But don't complain about people who do... I personally think they look awesome and would love to have one.
   comment# 91   - j grins · United States · Jan 4, 2011 @ 1:05pm

Oh by the way... animals where a gift from god for humans. They are here to serve us as livestock with jobs, pets as companions, or any animal for enjoyment. Yes they must be humanely treated, however animals first of all dont have rights and second of all many are not mentally capable of true and complete feelings due to the developement of their brain. If the people in the aquatic world argue it is humane, it probably is... Exspecially if they are marine biologists
   comment# 92   - jg · United States · Jan 4, 2011 @ 1:24pm

i have read almost all comments i personally dont know what 2 do u no which side CRUEL or ALRIGHT ? IF U DO KNOW THE ANSWER MAKE SURE YOUR NORMAL CAUSE IV FOUND LOTS OF WIERDOS
   comment# 93   - alex · sedalia · Feb 2, 2011 @ 12:15pm

I want one!!!!! Were can u get themmm!!!
   comment# 94   - M · Milwaukee,US · Feb 2, 2011 @ 5:43pm

Its an f'ing fish. Fish have a 3 second attention span, im sure the laser doesnt inflict any pain besides, so get the F! over it
   comment# 95   - the Dude · New Glasgow, Canada · Feb 10, 2011 @ 11:30am

This is the most disgusting and cruel thing i'v seen latley. yea ok we eat cows and scat but this is in no way ok. the pain of a tattoo is painfull to a person can you imagine a poor fish this is disgusting...and should be illeagal.
   comment# 96   - Angela Sierra · Colton, California · Apr 6, 2011 @ 9:26am

i dont think its tht bad, its a country tht need help financially because of thier economy, if its harmless to the fish but making great sales i dont think its that bad of a thing.
   comment# 97   - kitty · new mexico · Apr 12, 2011 @ 9:57pm

i dont think people should be tattooing fish or any animal to begin with.. i think animals should be treated humanely and i feel tattooing then when it is not their choice is inhumane. spay/neutering your animals is not inhumane because of all the unwanted homeless animals that are already here that are going to be put to sleep. i am not against eating meat, its completely natural, lions and other animals eat meat? is that wrong? no its not.. so its not wrong for humans to eat meat either.. its the way we treat these animals thats wrong.. (locking them in cages and treating them badly, they shouldnt be there, they should be outside in nature) i dont believe in god or that he put anything here for us to use, thats just an excuse from a book that someone wrote.. i believe in abortions to a point, id say maybe 1 time is okay or if the girl was raped ect. but not those girls that get abortions because they dont know what condoms are and keep getting the abortions because they are dumb. and it doesnt matter if the fish cant say anything or wont remember it got the tattoo, maybe we should start tattooing hearts on babies foreheads because its cute and in the long run they are not going to remember it anyways.. exactly! that would be wrong, why? because its not their choice and they have to live with it for the rest of their lives, never thought about that now did you? im saying theres alot of things humans do wrong to animals and we are not going to ba able to fix everything,
   comment# 98   - patrice · pennsylvaina · Apr 16, 2011 @ 11:34am

(continued) but stopping dumb little things like this is a start!!
   comment# 99   - patrice · pennsylvaina · Apr 16, 2011 @ 11:36am

Isn't there something better you all could be doing. Like getting an education or even better, a life.
   comment# 100   - Who Am I? · Nowhere, Somewhere · Apr 29, 2011 @ 7:44am

These are animals its true but really its going to pass animals die every day, cows chickens and FISH they get eaten its the way of life and what maybe the fish like some tattoos on them...
   comment# 101   - You dont need to no my name · Fortlauderdale Fl · Apr 29, 2011 @ 7:46am

the fish are awsome and they add more excitement to the tank if you think of it like that instead of crulety
   comment# 102   - jakie · knoxville,usa · May 1, 2011 @ 8:36pm

its not cruel i saw a fish with the word love on it
   comment# 103   - blah blah · nyc · May 2, 2011 @ 4:53pm

to all the people who are doing this to fish are sik in the head you wouldnt like some 1 to put a tattoo on you with out u saying no u should leave animals alone and let the beuty be left as they are born as frys if u want a coloured fish breed them like i do and make the colours out of nature not by chucking them in a colour book
   comment# 104   - warren · hodgson · Jun 10, 2011 @ 4:22am

its painful, as fish is not looking good after tattoos as it is the man also. so avoid tattoos.. There is no alternative of natural beauty....
   comment# 105   - OMAR · INDIA · Aug 4, 2011 @ 8:28am

so,what if you do tatoo a fish! Nothing it is just like you geating a tatoo dummy! So, stop cplaming, and enjoy the fact that more people want cool fish so, that thay geat a new home faster, and geat love and food from the pirson that goot them. So, maby thay might die in 3 to 4 manths after you geat them, but thay are really cool and than you geat a nother one to love and feead so, stop complaing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 106   - mallisa · canada · Oct 15, 2011 @ 7:07pm

Cmon ppl seriously this was the most ridiculous discussion ever..if u don't like the fish don't buy the fish!, there!! problem solved besides there's worst stuff going on in the world now everybody go have a plate of sushi ha
   comment# 107   - love my tattooed molly fish · new jersey · Oct 22, 2011 @ 12:52pm

i wish i would have thougth of it.
   comment# 108   - greg dixon · hollypond al. · Oct 23, 2011 @ 8:22am

Okay some comments on here this is cruel? Does anyone know the newest way to I'd your pet is a tattoo police have been using this for a long time a ID number on the inside of their lip people get tattoos so get over your selves and focus on more things like how chickens ,turkeys,cows,ducks,lobster,crabs,and the animal we eat get killed remember don't always believe what you read and if you do your own investigations be prepared to be horrified
   comment# 109   - misty · fayetteville usa · Dec 18, 2011 @ 8:50am

   comment# 110   - kim · us · Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:59pm

For comment number 6, you said only in america, Im pretty sure it says the fish were imported from singapore. so its not being done in america, but i do agree its rediculous
   comment# 111   - Benjamin · United states · Jan 18, 2012 @ 7:08pm

i like the idea of tattoo fish. so it would be a better pet to a kid than a cat or dog as a pet!! think about it cat or dog dies then u have to search all over to find one similar to it if you can. if u cant try explaining that to your kids about how their pet died but the tattoo fish dies guess what get another one that says LOVE or whatever your kid had on the fish and guess what no questions asked and the kid never knows!!!!! and guess what if they stop the tattoo fish i have a tattoo gun and ill tattoo some fish
   comment# 112   - nathan · white marsh · May 21, 2012 @ 6:48pm

If you can't appreciate the beauty of an animal the way it is, then don't have one as a pet. Not only is this cruel, it is ugly. I don't care if you think a fish, a lizard, a hamster or any other small animal is not worth as much as a cat or dog. Every creature deserves a happy, healthy life. It is our job to protect them. I would not support a pet store that sells tattooed animals. All they care about is the profit. If animal cruelty gets more people into the hobby, that's a good thing? Please shut up.
   comment# 113   - Allison · US · Jun 6, 2012 @ 1:47pm

Hahahaha you all are comedy. I'm a huge animal lover. I have all kinds of pets and the tattooed fish are unique n cute. And they had babies today:). I agree with everyone who says y'all just wanna make an unwanted opinion. To each of their own. Comment number 8. You are awesome
   comment# 114   - Oops · USA · Jul 12, 2012 @ 10:55am

i own a pair of the t.t. mollies and they have probagated many times over and are happy campers. unfortunately the offspring didn't come out pre-tatooed!
   comment# 115   - jay teeh · apple valley, ca · Oct 8, 2012 @ 6:59pm

I am a fish and this dont hurt, acctually helps pick up females during breeding!!!
   comment# 116   - Steven Sharpe · rock island, TN · Jan 28, 2013 @ 7:21pm

if its 100% safe im fine with it but if its 99% safe im not fine with it. whats safe for the fish comes first. whtas cool for the fish always comes last.
   comment# 117   - have owned fish for 14 years · pittsburgh, usa · Feb 14, 2013 @ 8:29pm

I was just disturbed when i seen it because all the molly's with out the tattoo looked healthy as to were the ones with them all were swimming funny had their fins closed some had ick and they just looked sick and traumatized. I had to wonder if they were not held out of water and drawn on when I seen it because that's how they looked physically.
   comment# 118   - jamie · jax · Mar 20, 2013 @ 7:03pm

My mom said she was gonna get some the other day and this was the first I had ever heard of tattooed fish. I admit at first I thought oh that's neat. I love tattoos and have several of my own it the more I thought on it the more I came to decide its just wrong. We shouldn't alter any animal just to make them more appealing.
   comment# 119   - Meleah · Florence · Apr 16, 2013 @ 3:29pm

I think it's mean/ cruel to the fish. Next what do you think the kids will do when they get some fish thanks for getting my kids all of that knowledge of tattooing fish
   comment# 120   - J · Ohio · Oct 8, 2013 @ 6:26pm

tattoo fish are cool and those who think its cruel should just stop getting ther painties in a bunch
   comment# 121   - doug shelton · vincennes in · Oct 20, 2013 @ 5:43pm

Absolutely disgusted by this and the people that think this is cool or acceptable. Can the fish have say if they want to be tatooed? Do the folk on here , that think it is ok to do this talk fish language? Was they born this way??? What a world.
   comment# 122   - john · UK · Mar 16, 2014 @ 3:36pm

Cry babies need to do your research. First of all fish lack a neocortex in their brain, the mechanism responsible for feeling pain. Second, they have scales, not skin. I would love to have scales on my body so that my vulnerable flesh would be protected. Third, fish amygdala only produces aggression, not emotional response like a human brain. If a fish is attacked or harmed, it doesn't respond with an emotion, it uses INSTINCT to protect itself and avoid death. Think about it: a human child touches the stove, instinctively the body will automatically jerk away to avoid further damage, afterwards you respond emotionally thinking I didn't like that therefor others wouldn't like it so I don't want that to happen to someone else. A fish doesn't feel that emotion geniuses. Anyone arguing "I don't consume fish or any animals" is full of scat. You HAVE to eat to survive and guess what? Plants are living creatures too but you don't cry for the fruits or veggies you eat. And if you argue that modifying an animal is unethical and cruel, then yes spaying and neutering is also mutilation and cruel. You can't argue that's not the case because you have interfered with the natural order. Leave it to humans to want to have an emotional bond with animals that can just as easily kill you without any emotional response. If the fish got caught, he's lucky to just be tattooed and not killed. Cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it.
   comment# 123   - Matt · Dallas, USA · Mar 24, 2014 @ 4:41pm

Cry babies need to do your research. First of all fish lack a neocortex in their brain, the mechanism responsible for feeling pain. Second, they have scales, not skin. I would love to have scales on my body so that my vulnerable flesh would be protected. Third, fish amygdala only produces aggression, not emotional response like a human brain. If a fish is attacked or harmed, it doesn't respond with an emotion, it uses INSTINCT to protect itself and avoid death. Think about it: a human child touches the stove, instinctively the body will automatically jerk away to avoid further damage, afterwards you respond emotionally thinking I didn't like that therefor others wouldn't like it so I don't want that to happen to someone else. A fish doesn't feel that emotion geniuses. Anyone arguing "I don't consume fish or any animals" is full of it. You HAVE to eat to survive and guess what? Plants are living creatures too but you don't cry for the fruits or veggies you eat. And if you argue that modifying an animal is unethical and cruel, then yes spaying and neutering is also mutilation and cruel. You can't argue that's not the case because you have interfered with the natural order. Leave it to humans to want to have an emotional bond with animals that can just as easily kill you without any emotional response. If the fish got caught, he's lucky to just be tattooed and not killed. Cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it.
   comment# 124   - Matt · Dallas, USA · Mar 24, 2014 @ 4:42pm

Let's worry more about starving people rather than freaking fish
   comment# 125   - andy · usa · Sep 9, 2014 @ 9:46am

Okay, all you haters out there need to stop! maybe we care about fish because they are animals too. Just so you know Matt whether or not they have a neocortex or scales it doesn't matter they are still living creatures being mutilated against their will. Also sometimes when the fish is tattooed it does die. IN addition modifying an animal is cruel & inhumane but guess what Matt, I don't spay/neuter my pets. I am against that too. But hey guess what if you hate humans so much then why do you care that we are arguing about fish instead of humans.
   comment# 126   - Snails · USA · Sep 18, 2015 @ 4:03pm

Don't blame Singapore the fish come from Thailand
   comment# 127   - Guy · Singapore · Sep 26, 2015 @ 5:32am

Maybe someday, with some luck, everyone who condones this practice, will find themselves casually abducted by aliens, and harmlessly mutilated against their wills, and sold to some ignorant, uncaring extraterrestrial family, who thinks it is cool. So long as someone makes a profit.
   comment# 128   - aleks · reading, pa · Jan 25, 2016 @ 8:34pm

Us as humans agree to get tattooed. I don't have much against that. But the fish don't ask for a tattoo, they are given whether they like it or not. I have goldfish that are currently 3 years old. Fish that are a week old are not adults, my goldfish grew about 2 inches in the time frame that I have them. For those who say that fish cannot feel pain, scientists have proven that fish have highly developed nervous systems. The part of our body that lets us feel temperature, texture, and pain. You may think fish are not intelligent, but I have a BABY Amazon pufferfish that I have trained to follow a red stick and in turn the stick leads him to his food. It took me a week to train him. I eat sea food but it's wild caught and not kept in a laser tube and shipped on I don't know what to here while it is forced to stay alive in horrible conditions. I agree with neo from comment #40 who said "Who are we to play God," Human are 1 species but we have destroyed steller's sea cow, dodo bird, yangtze river dolphin, great auk, bushwren, caribbean monk seal, laughing owl, rocky mountain locust, barbary lion, carolina parakeet, and many more. There are lists of all of the extinct species on the internet. So please, think, all creatures strive for the same goal, breed, keep your species off the list, and evolve to survive. Even the weakest of creatures have minds of their own. And the fish are too weak to fight the humans. Comment #128 is right. I am only 10.
   comment# 129   - Anonymous · Corona · May 27, 2016 @ 12:22pm
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