In the mad dash to make yet-more-money before Christmas, the pet shop chain Pets Paradise and Pet Goods Direct are selling the latest in throwaway crass pet torture chambers in the form of the iPond (no relation to Apple).
Essentially it is a little speaker with a fish "cup" stuck on top of it. You fill the "cup" with just over two cups of water, stick a LIVE fish in it, and then play your music (from your iPod) through the speaker.
Read the SMH article here.
This is utterly appalling! To keep a live animal in such confined quarters being subjected to constant noise is unjustifiable cruelty. Better to buy the fish, kill it with a rock, then put it in the iPond. Good grief - every year we sink lower and lower in the name of profit.
I will no longer be a customer of Pets Paradise and Pet Goods Direct stores. If they have so little obvious regard for animal welfare, they do not deserve to be a pet store.
Tell your friends.