Teacher keeping a betta fish in a tiny fish bowl! Help me convince him it is wrong!

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Teacher keeping a betta fish in a tiny fish bowl! Help me convince him it is wrong!

Post by FJrocks003 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:14 pm

My gym teacher got us a class pet. At first I was really excited until I saw it, a large male betta fish being kept in a tiny 1/2 gallon fish bowl! The bowl was only half way full as well! The poor fish could barely move there was so little water! The gravel at the bottom was painted bright blue and was chipping away into the water, which was already so dirty it looked brown. There was no bubbler or filter at all and the worst part, when I confronted him about it he said "That's not true, look he's so happy swimming around in there! *pointing to the fish that is trying to swim in circles but barely has enough room*" Long story short, I argued a lot and when he got sick of it I had to sit in the corner for the rest of class. He is a really strict teacher and won't listen to any of my reasoning, I even tried giving him multiple links to websites that explain this to him but he refused to even open them because "This is what the petstore guy told me to do." I really don't know what to do at this point but I can't just sit back and watch as the fish slowly dies! I need ideas of what to do to convince him, he is very stubborn and won't listen or even look at anything I show him, honestly I don't even know how he got this job as a teacher in the first place.
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Re: Teacher keeping a betta fish in a tiny fish bowl! Help me convince him it is wrong!

Post by aussieJJDude » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:19 pm

Don't get in trouble and potentually risk making enemies and lose marks for the sake of one fish. It's foolish IMO to potentially risk your report just for one fish.

I'd try to avoid mentioning it again, annd just hope that the teacher learns before its too late IMO. Maybe at most, potentially talk with your science teacher and ask them if they would be willing to talk to your gym teacher if they are able to on your behalf? They are a lot more likely to listen to another adult - and hopefully someone educated in sciences, even though that sounds bad
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Re: Teacher keeping a betta fish in a tiny fish bowl! Help me convince him it is wrong!

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:18 pm

I'm with Aussie. Find a teacher that you feel you can confide in, and let them know about the situation. It's unfortunate some adults automatically assume that young people know less than they do. I wouldn't confront the gym teacher again though. Good luck, and keep us updated.

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Re: Teacher keeping a betta fish in a tiny fish bowl! Help me convince him it is wrong!

Post by FJrocks003 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:24 pm

None of the teachers particularly like me (as in would definitely not help me with this at all) so I don't think that I can talk to them. I might try something a little bit different, like gifting him a 10 gallon tank + filter on his birthday or maybe on the next essay or exam have my topic be on animal abuse, something less direct but still to the point.
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Re: Teacher keeping a betta fish in a tiny fish bowl! Help me convince him it is wrong!

Post by skygreg007 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:55 pm

FJrocks003 wrote:None of the teachers particularly like me (as in would definitely not help me with this at all) so I don't think that I can talk to them. I might try something a little bit different, like gifting him a 10 gallon tank + filter on his birthday or maybe on the next essay or exam have my topic be on animal abuse, something less direct but still to the point.
If you do a report or project on animal abuse the teacher will just get angrier. They will see it as passive aggresive.

I am so sorry this is happening. People can be so cruel. I agree with the advice above. Don't put your grades in jeopardy. Perhaps you could contact the pet stores in the area and tell them that they are giving outdated advice on beta fish. Butter them up though. Explain that you can tell they take great pride in giving out good advice and treating their animals humanly but there is a lot of incorrect information on beta fish. Maybe if the source of the issue is fixed, less fish will be mistreated.

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