Ban the sale of artificially dyed pet fish
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My younger brother recently bought some new pet fish which were incredibly beautiful to look at. They were many different fluorescent colours and my brother had never seen fish like them before. The man in the shop casually dropped in to the conversation that they were artificially dyed, but my brother didn't think anything of it until he got home and did some research. This is when we discovered the cruel, barbaric practice of artificially dying fish to increase their saleability. Fish are either fed poisonous chemicals to make them temporarily change colour, injected with many needles to put dye under their skin or dipped in to a caustic substance which removes their protective slime coat, then dipped in dyes or injected with dyes and then dipped in to another irritant chemical to trigger regrowth of their slime coat again. These different methods can lead to mortality rates of up to 80%. In my brothers case, 4 of the 5 fish he purchased died within a week and the 5th one has lost most of it's colour already. This practice is horrific and it needs to stop. The government is currently looking to bring in a package of reforms to improve animal welfare. If this appalling practice isn't an animal welfare issue, I don't know what is. I am calling for the Government to ban the sale of artificially coloured fish and stop the practice by stopping the demand for such fish. Britain is meant to be a nation of animal lovers. Please show that we are by supporting this petition.
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