Okay, would like some input here.
An organization of which I am a member is preparing a fun evening event at the annual garden show. This weekend they were reviewing their planned activities for kids and mentioned a “goldfish toss.” This involves having several bowls of water and the kid tosses a pingpong ball towards them. If the ball lands in the right bowl, he gets to take home a goldfish.
When I heard this, I immediately thought this was a bad idea. I myself have won two goldfish this way (as an adult), and by the time I got the goldfish home (including a stop to a discount store to buy the complete goldfish setup) they were much the worse for the wear. One of them, in fact, died within hours. I think that being transported to the event from the supplier, and then shoved into bags, and then jostled home with a kid who may or may not have knowledge of fish care, much less the right equipment to house one, is a recipe for fish expiration. This could be a bummer for the kids, make us look bad for giving out “bum fish”, and it’s also not such a keen outcome for the fish themselves.
When I tried to make this point, 9 pairs of eyes turned on me like I was some kind of fruitcake. I got
“They’re just FISH.”
“This is done all the time, at schools and fairs.”
“So what if they die, kids have to learn about death, and replacement fish are cheap!”
In other words, lighten the hell UP Cranky! Sheesh!
So am I being a big naysaying crybaby?
What are the chances that someone might feel the same way (but even more strongly) and make a fuss on the site? I wonder about this I can recall some pretty rigorous objections fro a surprising number of people on a wedding newsgroup I used to be on, whenever brides suggested using goldfish in little bowls as centerpieces at weddings. Same objections (bad for the fish), along with added concern that drunken friends might re-enact college fish-eating pranks.
Believe it or not, it’s not like I’m someone who refuses to ever harm living creatures. I even enjoy fishing! Should I just shrug and wish 'em the best?
I thought at the very least, maybe I could talk them into handing out a one-page sheet of information on the best way to get a goldfish home and healthy. That would improve the odds, and make us look more responsible. Thoughts? Have I gone off my rocker?