I am not one for private organisations that try to do what official organisations like the NSPCA should be doing.
Unfortunately entities like the NSPCA are hamstrung with a lack of funds, qualified inspectors, etc.
In the end everything becomes a political ball to be passed around.
We all know Rhino are being threatened by extinction, yet we read weekly of rhino found killed for their horns, or elephants killed for their tusks.
It boils down to greed. Much/most of the trade originates in the east, where the people have a different view to our Western ideologies.
Dogs and cats are seen as food, where we see them as pets.
Funny or scarce mutations are sold for high prices due to their uniqueness or scarcity.
These same people have seen a gap in the market, and are flooding it with cruelly developed or mutated animals.
On Valentines day a girl would like to receive a fish with LOVE tattooed on its side.
Who cares if it dies in a few days. It is the thought that counts.
Children are drawn to bright colours, and dayglo coloured fish that have been injected with deadly toxins will attract those natural tendencies in children.
Have you noticed who buys those dyed fish? Parents that are trying to placate their kids.
If the fish dies within a few days, they are cheap enough to be replaced.
Visit any show or flea market, and you are bound to find someone selling an animal as a commodity.
Whether it is unwanted puppies or kittens, or a goldfish in a small plastic bag, or Betta in a platic cup.
The public in general wants, the market exists, and the commodity gets supplied.
Everyone wins, apart from the animals, but they don't matter, as animals don't have feelings and feel very little pain.
Until the public at large gets educated and there is a mind-shift, these atrocities will continue to be perpetrated, to satisfy the greed of mankind.
Perhaps stiff fines, the ability to enforce legislation, and will to do so, can help in making those changes.
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