GOLDFISH SHOULDN'T BE REGARDED AS DECORATIVE TOUCHES FOR THE HOME
The Washington Post, Michael W. Fox, January 22, 2014
Dear Dr. Fox:
We recently brought home a pair of goldfish. They seem to be happy together in a
large aquarium with rocks and weeds, and we’ve added an aerator and filter to
help keep the water clean and clear. Our two children enjoy watching and feeding
them, and the fish do seem to know when the children are there.
How intelligent are goldfish, and do fish have feelings?
Dr. Fox: For details about fish having feelings and why we all need to be more
concerned and involved with the fate of these species in the wild, go to
Most of us take seafood for granted and have no awareness about the
intelligence, sentience and complex social lives of fish or of the critical
state of their marine and freshwater environments.
All the people who eat seafood and feed it to their cats and dogs should become
more aware and involved from the perspectives of food safety, animal suffering,
pollution and depletion of natural resources.