Am I the only person that gets uneasy at the thought of mankind sticking a needle into a creature and changing it's DNA forever?
The dye was actually inserted into the eggs not the fish.
The glofish we see in stores are descendants from the original fish created to detect pollutants in waterways.
Whether your belief lies in that the egg is still a creature is for each person to decide for themselves.
This is a good chart from the website.
The is pretty interesting.
As well as their view on Glofish Ethical principles
A quick reminder to everyone.
Please stay on the topic of Glofish.
Why are GloFish® the only fluorescent fish that can be sold in the United States?
Because fluorescent fish are unique, their sale is covered by a substantial number of patents and pending patent applications. The providers of GloFish® fluorescent fish, 5-D Tropical and Segrest Farms, are the only distributors that have the necessary licenses to produce and market fluorescent fish within the United States. The production of fluorescent fish by any other party, or the sale of any fluorescent fish not originally distributed by 5-D Tropical or Segrest Farms, is strictly prohibited...
They aren't injected.I would never own a flofish they get injected by the stuff and all the stress , and just think I you were glowing your a nightlight , it looks just too unatural
Lynda, glofish aren't dyed. The eggs were genetically altered. Read the links in post 10. It might not change your opinion but it'll help you understand the difference between the two procedures.
So long as glofish were not harmed in the creation, and are not harmed now, I don't see it as unethical.
I have more of an issue when we do this kind of thing just because we can, or to create designer pets.
Besides the new generations of GloFish can be bred the "natural" way and microinjections are no longer needed.
However, in the realm of ethics, the fact that we don't have to do harm now to breed them does not negate harm that was done previously.
It's a very seductive type of argument that, sadly, wins out all too often today. "Well, things are okay now, so they must have always been okay."
In an ideal world, everything would work the first time we try it. In reality, you often have to try many times before you get things right. Think of how far we've come in fishkeeping because of trial and error leading to discoveries. When people first started keeping fish, do you think they knew about the nitrogen cycle and water chemistry? Did they know about stocking compatibility? Did they know about proper nutrition and feeding for fish? Keeping fish in improper conditions is harmful to them. No matter how well we treat our fish, that doesn't negate the harm that was done in the past. Are we being unethical by using the knowledge gained from past mistakes?
I don't think so. I think it would be unethical to continue making the same mistakes. With GloFish that isn't being done. Mistakes were learned from, techniques were perfected and the fish are now bred like any other fish.
That should be a stopped practice! Kind of like keeping angels in a 10 gallon tank which is ok with some people I guess.
I just wonder when some people will really think that fish are not that disposable and really care about them. Maybe I'm just weird or I'm not cold hearted??? I don't know!
mel19c you bring up an interesting point w/ medical research. I do believe in medical research and the value it plays in our world. I didn't think of it that way. I just like the idea of animals/people being made the natural way. If they were to glow naturally I think I'd own one. Maybe that's the part that bothers me about the GloFish. Another thing is that they cannot be released into the wild. Why and what would happen if they were? So basically it's a "man-made" fish. Makes me wonder if my dog was "man-made" somewhere along the way? Being serious, not making fun here. But then again, why are goldfish orange and not yellow like in nature? So many things to ponder...
I'd have to agree that the company stating that you cannot release the fish into the wild is a responsible message, not a negative thing. (And yes, I'm aware that a lawyer told them to put it in there so they don't get sued if there is a Glofish infestation in a natural body of water.)
From what I read they wanted some sort of chemical reaction between the fish and the pollutants to turn the danios into glowing fish. That way they could easily find the pollutants. Although it makes me think maybe it was a proof of concept sort of experiment... But they never did mange to trigger the little guys to turn bright. They just made them all bright.