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The #handsoffmyhobby campaign has been launched to get freshwater and marine hobbyists to shout about why they love fishkeeping.

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is warning that popular tropical marine and freshwater fish, corals and invertebrates could be under threat if a European lobbying group for animals is successful in its #votes4animals lobbying campaign in the run-up to the European elections being held in May.

Eurogroup for Animals, which is based in Brussels, is asking MEPs to sign a pledge to work towards banning the import of wild caught animals, which could include all types of tropical marine and freshwater fish, corals and invertebrates.

The trade association – which will be lobbying Euro MPs in coming weeks to make sure they hear the other side of the argument – is calling on people power to help in its work by urging keen fishkeepers to contact MEPs to urge them not to sign the pledge.

“We think it’s time that the views of the millions of people who enjoy fish keeping across Europe should also be brought to the attention of MEPs,” said OATA Chief Executive Keith Davenport.

“Currently, many MEPs are signing up to a manifesto written by Eurogroup for Animals. While we can all agree that everyone must be concerned about and protect animal welfare, this lobby group goes much further by asking all political groups to include a call to ‘ban the import of wild-caught animals and restrict the number of exotic species that can be imported and traded in the EU’ in their manifestos.

“Taken to its logical conclusion this would mean if you want to keep tropical marine or freshwater fish, corals, soft corals or other invertebrates you might as well forget it. All of these are either wild-caught and/or exotic, which means they’re not native to the UK, so they would no longer be available to buy.

“Your hobby is under threat right now. If you love your tank we want you to let MEPs know how you feel and tell them #handsoffmyhobby.”

What you can do to support OATA’s #handsoffmyhobby campaign:
• Contact the MEPs who have already signed up to the Eurogroup for Animals’ manifesto to let them know how much you enjoy your hobby and ask why they support this document.

• Contact any candidates for the European Parliament in your area to let them know about our #handsoffourhobby campaign and why you support it.

• You can find the contact details of your local MEP at www.europarl.org.uk/en/home.html and the details of those MEPs who have signed up to the Eurogroup for Animals pledge are on OATA’s website.

• Like the OATA Facebook page, follow them on Twitter or follow their LinkedIn page to find out the latest news on this campaign – and share updates with your fishkeeping friends in your groups, forums and communities.

• Use the #handsoffmyhobby hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to share what you’d miss the most from your tank if any wild caught animal ban came into effect.

There’s more information about the #handsoffourhobby campaign on the OATA website. www.ornamentalfish.org/hands-off-our-hobby

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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Back #handsoffmyhobby campaign

Here's the problem....the SW hobby has decimated coral reefs & fish populations in poor/developing nations to the point that there may be no coral reefs in 20 years.

www.tfhmagazine.com/saltwater-reef/feature-articles/from-reef-to-retail.htm

www.seashepherd.org/reef-defense/aquarium-trade.html

Not to mention the trade of collecting SW animals & making jewelry out of them.

e360.yale.edu/mobile/feature.msp?id=2660

While I enjoy my hobby immensely, I've only ever kept FW (except when I was managing a LFS & wished to learn about SW, but that was brief), as I've known the cost of keeping SW fish.....while certainly the FW side has had an impact in the Amazon, the impact that the SW hobby has had on coral reefs simply cannot be ignored. FW fish can for the most part be captive bred. Reefs are disappearing, as are the fish that prey on smaller fish that live in reefs. Going forward, if the SW hobby wants to survive, I would tend to think those who keep SW fish must adapt & distance themselves from this extremely negative aspect of that side of the hobby, I would suggest by keeping only species that can be captive bred.

I certainly am not trying to offend anyone who keeps SW...I have friends that do so.....but they know my stance on it. It is simply unsustainable to keep taking from the wild & expecting reefs to be an unlimited supply of fish.

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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