I am writing about something a little different today because I saw something that was very disturbing to me and I want to share it.
I am an animal lover, and I certainly don’t agree with cruelty to animals, even those that are being bred for food. I was food shopping at No Frills, which is a grocery store chain in Toronto. They are owned by the Loblaws Corporation which is also a chain of grocery stores. I was walking towards the meat department and to my horror, I saw live fish packed into a fish tank so small that they were unable to move. There were actually packed in so tight they were on top of each other. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Those poor fish could not swim around freely, and with all of the fish in that tank, they probably could not breath very well either. I called the head office and they informed me that they do not own the fish department, they rent out that space to another company. They assured me that they did not condone what that company with doing, and they gave me the phone number to the fish company so that I could speak to them directly.
I actually got a hold of a person who works in the store where I first saw the fish, and I told them that this was unacceptable and that they had no right to pack so many fish into such a small space. They said that they would speak to their manager about this. I also took it upon my self to speak to someone who is an expert with fish (he works in a pet store that specializes in all kinds of fish). I felt that the fish couldn’t possibly be healthy being packed into a tank so tightly and he agreed, he also went on to tell me that they probably don’t feed the fish very often so that they won’t deficate in the tank and eat it. This is so disgusting.
I understand that we must breed animals for food, but until that animal, even a fish, is sold, it has the right to live in their environment as comfortably as possible. Here is a photo of how those fish are being kept in the Loblaws and No Frill stores. Obviously they don’t really care how the fish are being treated, because nothing has changed. You tell me if you believe that this is ok, because I certainly don’t.