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Who leaves a 4' foot fish, still alive, gasping for air out in a communal driveway? My neighbors, that's who. They fail at life in so many ways, this is but one.

And they left that fish alone. If you are going to jab hooks in the mouth of a fish, transport him in water all the way back home, just to let him asphyxiate on dry land by himself, then you suck, but at the very least, you damn well better be there for his final moments. Also, I do not like you very much. I mean, all the other stuff is awful - the hook, the pain, the transportation.

But there is something achingly painful about leaving a fish to die alone on asphalt. It made my heart sad.


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Mar. 4th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
The sadness of that image will not leave me for a long time.
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Me neither. :(
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Ugh. That's awful. What did you do? Were you able to help the poor thing?
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Initially, I was flummoxed - I mean, why is there a fish there?

I'm guessing he had been out there awhile, his last seconds were upon him. Or her. There was not anything I could do - I would say he died 30-45 seconds after I came home.

To be honest, I am not sure what I would have done had I found him immediately after they took him out of the chest of water. It isn't illegal. And they were not going to take him back. I might have yelled at them, I don't know.

It's sad to feel helpless.
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
People are horrible.
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)

I still have nightmares about my Koi fish jumping out of the pond and landing on the patio. Thankfully, it was a rare occurrence and I never lost one. It was heart-stopping when it happened, though. Can't imagine doing it on purpose.
Mar. 4th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
It is just surreal to me that some people would not think the fish was suffering or that that would be an awful way for an aquatic animal to die. It makes me feel a little hopeless.
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
I understand. I think that fish are just one of the harder to understand animals. It isn't easy to relate.
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
My comment is a little convoluted. I hope you get my meaning.
Mar. 5th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
I understood!

Fishes are definitely tougher to relate to. They live in a strange world and don't have any physical resemblance to any of us mammals and even birds. It's only been a recent human discovery that they can feel pain the same way we can and that many species are pretty intelligent.
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Fish gasping for breath is such a terribley painful thing to see...not to mention how horrifying it is for the poor fish.

How people see that and think they don't feel and think is beyond me.

It hurts my heart as well rinala.

Mar. 5th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
I know. It's depressing.
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
That just makes me all teary-eyed. I really don't think people should eat fish, much less torture them.
Mar. 5th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
I hear you. They are the most killed group of animals and the least protected.
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
thats horrible to make the fish suffer like that. people should respect and honor the spirit of the animal that sacrifices its life to feed us! makes a part of me want to drown them and see how they like it.
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