Learn to conserve water through empathy...
Poor Little Fish basin offers an emotional way to persuade hand washers to think about saving water, by making consumption tangible. Although the water will never fully drain out of the fish bowl, PETA is not going to run out and buy one and is trying to convince the designer to install fake fish instead of live goldfish...
The above diagram shows that the fish bowl water is separate from the hand washing water. The fishes' water simply flows down into a tank and then fills back up when the user is done. Therefore water temp remains somewhat constant for the fish. But PETA is right, it could be stressful for the fish, until they learn that the water only goes down to a certain level.
September 21, 2010
E-mail from PETA
Dear Mr. Lu,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and
supporters, we appreciate your desire to raise awareness about water
conservation, but subjecting a fish to a barren life alone in a tiny
bowl that has constantly fluctuating water levels is the wrong way to
go. You could make the same point without causing the suffering of an
intelligent, sensitive animal by replacing the fish in your "Poor Little
Fishbowl Sink" prototypes with a fake one and ensuring that future
commercial sales of your product include a fake fish so that buyers
won't be tempted to purchase a real one. With all due respect, to ignore
the suffering of an individual who is part of our ecosystem seems to
echo the same arrogance that has led us to have a problem in the first
Although it may be easy to ignore the fact, fish are smart and
curious animals who form complex social relationships, but they are
doomed to dull, unfulfilled, and lonely lives when confined to tiny
glass bowls. An issue of Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500
research papers proving that fish are intelligent, have impressive
long-term memories and sophisticated social structures, and can use
tools. Fish learn by watching what other fish do, and "they are capable
of learning quickly," according to Dr. Chris Glass, director of marine
conservation at the Manomet Centre of Conservation Sciences in Massachusetts.
People the world over have begun to see fish for the intelligent,
social creatures they are and are refusing to condemn them to life in a
tiny bowl. In fact, the city of Monza, Italy, recently banned keeping
goldfish in bowls because these containers do not even come close to
meeting the needs of fish. Subjecting a fish to constantly changing
water levels adds to the cruelty, even if the water never entirely runs
out—imagine being trapped in a room with constantly shifting oxygen
Environmental education does not require cruelty to animals. Please
let us know that you'll replace the real fish in your sink with a fake
one. We would be most appreciative, and so would the fish. Thank you.
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