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June 20, 2011
Animal Control and Welfare Commission Pushes to Ban Goldfish in San Francisco - 8

Can there really be people that find keeping guppies offensive and inhumane? Apparently in San Francisco there are. Why don't I find this surprising?

Last week San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission pushed for a pet sale ban in the city that went so far as to include goldfish. According to commission member Philip Gerrie "Most fish in aquariums are either mass bred or taken from the wild." Oh the horror! The horror!

Fortunately there are some sane people still left in San Francisco, among them local pet shop owner Justin Hau who exhibited the right mentality when he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "The city is taking more and more control. They are very stupid." 

There are some pretty bright politicians in the city as well.  District 1 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd  went on the record to predict "this is another Animal Welfare idea that will end up in the dustbin of history and go absolutely nowhere."
 
For the sake of the children of San Francisco, I hope Supervisor Elsbernd's  right.  After all, the joy of owning several goldfish and having to flush their dead floating bodies down the toilet helped form me into the man I am today.

Things San Francisco has already banned:
- In 2006 the board of education voted to phase out J ROTC.

- In 2007 the mayor banned the use of city funds to purchase single serving bottled water.

- Also in 2007 San Francisco band of vendors from using Styrofoam and plastic bags at grocery stores.

- In 2009 the city passed a law banning loitering in front of nightclubs (OK that's actually a pretty good law).

- In 2010 the city banned the Happy Meal.  Actually they passed a law that bans giving away free toys with unhealthy meals for children.

- In 2011 the city banned the Yellow Pages, rather they could only be given to people that wanted one.

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from Newyorkflyangler wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I can see the point behind this.

A lot of goldfish get dumped in public waterways when they become inconvenient pets. They then become a invasive species that competes with indigenous species. The taxpayer then has to spend money dealing with the problem because people can't bring themselves to kill the fish they no longer want as a pet.

As for the yellow pages, well here in NYC you regularly see stacks of soggy phone books slowly rotting away on the street because the phone company delivers them to people who don't use them. Who uses the yellow pages anymore? Nearly everyone goes on line to find a number if they need it. The taxpayer then has to pay to collect and discard them.

Sounds like the politicos in SF are a lot smarter than the people whining bout them here.

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from 25-06 guy wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

This is very sad that people think this way. The country is headed toward total government control. The country needs to get back to how the founding fathers lived their lives. When most people had pride in what they did respect for others humility in them and could think on their own.

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from Chris G. Foltz wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

SF need's to quarantine potential AIDS Carriers for public safety reasons.

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from RyanSF wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I live in SF and it is irritating to say the least. Politicians and a lot of people who are single unattached with no families here come up with the most juvenile ideas. It's as though they never graduated high school and has the mind of children. We are doomed by the glorified sophomoric attitudes here. We need more family values here.

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from The Captain wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

Hmmm, wonder if they would take issue with me using a couple-dozen gold fish at a time for catfish bait?

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from basman wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

they need to ban liberals. this will be the death of the city. but then again it has always been full of frutis and nuts. hopefully the next big earthquake will break it off into the ocean.

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from Dcast wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

San Fransico! The Cesspool of the USA! No toys in unhealthy Mcdonalds happy meals but legal marijuanna for anyone with a headache! Brilliant!

When is this big earth quake going to come that sinks california into the sea like has been talked about as long as I can remember? Hopefully soon because California disease is spreading like wildfire and I'm not talking about Aids either, this disease is far worse! This is an undocumented form CWD that effects the human brain that destroys what braincells are left and lead you to believe everything causes cancer, don't believe me read any label on a product you buy from a store "this contains such and such and in the State of California is known to cause cancer". It also makes you think normal things are evil and evil things are normal.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I would hope that this goes nowhere. I was originally thinking "Well, that's California for you..." but this sort of thing is getting more commonplace all over.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I would hope that this goes nowhere. I was originally thinking "Well, that's California for you..." but this sort of thing is getting more commonplace all over.

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from Dcast wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

San Fransico! The Cesspool of the USA! No toys in unhealthy Mcdonalds happy meals but legal marijuanna for anyone with a headache! Brilliant!

When is this big earth quake going to come that sinks california into the sea like has been talked about as long as I can remember? Hopefully soon because California disease is spreading like wildfire and I'm not talking about Aids either, this disease is far worse! This is an undocumented form CWD that effects the human brain that destroys what braincells are left and lead you to believe everything causes cancer, don't believe me read any label on a product you buy from a store "this contains such and such and in the State of California is known to cause cancer". It also makes you think normal things are evil and evil things are normal.

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from basman wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

they need to ban liberals. this will be the death of the city. but then again it has always been full of frutis and nuts. hopefully the next big earthquake will break it off into the ocean.

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from The Captain wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

Hmmm, wonder if they would take issue with me using a couple-dozen gold fish at a time for catfish bait?

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from RyanSF wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

I live in SF and it is irritating to say the least. Politicians and a lot of people who are single unattached with no families here come up with the most juvenile ideas. It's as though they never graduated high school and has the mind of children. We are doomed by the glorified sophomoric attitudes here. We need more family values here.

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from Chris G. Foltz wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

SF need's to quarantine potential AIDS Carriers for public safety reasons.

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from 25-06 guy wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

This is very sad that people think this way. The country is headed toward total government control. The country needs to get back to how the founding fathers lived their lives. When most people had pride in what they did respect for others humility in them and could think on their own.

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from Newyorkflyangler wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I can see the point behind this.

A lot of goldfish get dumped in public waterways when they become inconvenient pets. They then become a invasive species that competes with indigenous species. The taxpayer then has to spend money dealing with the problem because people can't bring themselves to kill the fish they no longer want as a pet.

As for the yellow pages, well here in NYC you regularly see stacks of soggy phone books slowly rotting away on the street because the phone company delivers them to people who don't use them. Who uses the yellow pages anymore? Nearly everyone goes on line to find a number if they need it. The taxpayer then has to pay to collect and discard them.

Sounds like the politicos in SF are a lot smarter than the people whining bout them here.

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