Last week, officials with the City of Burnsville, Minn., shared photos of a massive goldfish found in a local lake. Goldfish should never be released into the wild. First, not all species of goldfish can survive outdoors. Second, goldfish can live up to 30 years, are considered an invasive species, and can negatively impact native fish and plants if released in local lakes and natural ponds.
Since the discovery of the large goldfish, a lot of misinformation has been shared with the public regarding what to do if you can no longer care for your fish, including placing the goldfish in the freezer for a quick death. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines, freezing is not a humane way to euthanize a goldfish and can result in prolonged suffering for the animal.
At the Humane Rescue Alliance, we work to make sure every animal is given the same opportunity for a safe and loving home, regardless of their species. To learn more about adding a furry or fishy friend to your family, visit humanerescuealliance.org/adopt.
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