Did you know that pet goldfish are considered an invasive species in the wild?
People are being asked to repatriate their fish rather than releasing them back into the wild.
The City of Burnsville post said goldfish owners only release the fish into ponds and lakes regardless of the consequences. As a result, goldfish get bigger and “can contribute to poor water quality by washing up bottom sediment and uprooting plants.” The Facebook post asked people to relocate their fish rather than releasing them back into the wild.
In general, it is a bad decision to release pets into the wild.
Even though goldfish seem to adapt and conquer in the wild, this is not typical of pets. Pets cannot fend for themselves in the wild. Humans took this from animals when we decided to domesticate them. I know my cat probably wouldn’t have survived the streets if he hadn’t been rescued from them.
When my cat was a kitten, one person saw a man throw him and his sister out of the window of a moving vehicle. The witness reported the incident and luckily a police officer found and rescued the two kittens. They were barely a few months old and still needed their mother! They would never have survived without human intervention.
Whether you have a fish, a cat, or anything else that can be domesticated, it is never okay to throw your pet out in the wild. It is cruel and can harm the individual animal and / or its new environment.
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