French pet care company stops selling aquariums – they’re driving fish crazy

Emie le Fouest from Paris brings her goldfish named ‘Luiz Pablo’ to the Paris aquarium as part of an operation launched to care for hundreds of goldfish abandoned by French holidaymakers, in Paris, France, August 20 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A major French aquarium supplier has decided to stop selling round fish bowls because they drive fish crazy and kill them quickly.

The French leader in the pet care market, AgroBiothers Laboratoire, will no longer sell aquariums with a capacity of less than 15 liters and only rectangular aquariums, because putting fish in small bowls without filtration or oxygenation is an abuse animal, he said.

“People buy a goldfish for their kids on a whim, but if they knew how torture it is, they wouldn’t. Spinning around in a small bowl drives the fish crazy and kills them. quickly,” AgroBiothers CEO Matthieu Lambeaux told Reuters. .

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Goldfish can live up to 30 years and grow to around 25cm in large aquariums or outdoor ponds, but in tiny bowls they often die within weeks or months.

He said goldfish are social animals that need the company of other fish, plenty of space and clean water, and having an aquarium requires minimal equipment and expertise.

France is Europe’s top market for aquarium goldfish, with around 2.3 million fish, Lambeaux said.

Germany and several other European countries have long banned fish bowls, but France has no legislation on the matter.

“It’s a French anachronism, which is why we decided to move. We cannot educate all of our customers to explain that keeping fish in a jar is cruel. We consider it our responsibility to no longer giving consumers that choice,” Lambeaux said. .

AgroBiothers, which has a French market share of around 27% in pet care products, sold around 50,000 aquariums a year at around 20 euros each in previous years.

“There’s a demand for fish bowls, but the reality is what we’re giving kids is the chance to see goldfish slowly dying,” he said.

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Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Christina Fincher

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Marie R. McCraw