Aquarium Fish - The sodium cyanide begins to kill corals...

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The worldwide trade in aquarium fish – currently worth $200 million per year and fueled mostly by demand among home aquarists in the United States, Europe, and Japan – is badly in need of transformation. The collection methods are brutal. Using poisons, primarily sodium cyanide, poor people destroy entire ecosystems in order to capture the few stunned fish surviving on the perimeters.
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Unformatted text preview: The sodium cyanide begins to kill corals and fish within thirty seconds of contact. A handful of fish at the outermost edge of the destruction, disabled but not dead, are then collected by hand. With each purchase of a lionfish or butterfly fish, the home aquarist, obliviously or uncaringly, funds this devastation. Julie Whitty, “Shoals of Time”, Harper Magazine...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course RDG 091 taught by Professor Chaloka during the Spring '09 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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