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Topic - Keeping goldfish in a bowl

Al Evans on 19 Sep 2013
When I was young nearly every family had a goldfish in a bowl, often won at a fair and carried home in a plastic bag. Even as a child I felt sorry for it and demanded toys and plastic plants to make it's life more interesting. Eventually we got two and a slightly bigger bowl, they were called Max and Harry after a double act on working mans clubs that used to lodge with us.
This came up because I am just watching a TV programme (What Remains) that has a solitary goldfish in a very empty small bowl swimming around aimlessly in a little goldfish bowl on the desk.
Why do we do this? As a species we cannot think that it is humane, or even very interesting. I can see the point in a well stocked aquarium, but a fish in a bowl?
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