Truly made me think.....Please read!!!
FREE FRAGS! | Coral Magazine
I'm thinking someone did something to his corn flakes...
Seems a bit over exaggerated.
Heavy on emotion, completely lacking anything else. And poorly written. No way to test the veracity of the claim.
Those types of articles are usually met with disbelief, even if true. I've already disregarded it.
"I made a promise to tell the truth about the aquarium industry no matter what I uncovered. I just didn’t realize how deep the water was. The best words I can think of to describe the whole damned industry is International scam!"
Objective journalism clearly is not the authors strong suit. Aside from being horribly written, anyone that maligns every participant within an entire hobby/industry, in my opinion is suspect. I view this as little more than another Snorkel Bob wanna-be sensationalist stringing together as many cliche’s as possible hoping the resulting diatribe will be believed by someone.
Here's another quote of his from a prior article from the same author that is equally telling..
"Please, do not support the killing machines. Ask where they come from. Don’t buy on line or ‘crags list” or “e-bay“. These creatures are not garage sale items, they are living breathing creatures that deserve to be treated better then that some piece of junk in your garage. Some of these live creatures or corals sold online on e-bay and Craig’s list are poached or stolen from other countries, you see them. Why are THEY the “ONLY ONES” with them and why can they give it some cute name and charge $1800 for one eye? BECAUSE IT‘S STOLEN! DO NOT BUY ANYTING FROM THESE COMMON THIEVES!. Boycott them! in all areas and we will stop them. You know who they are, if not, ask or look and see who is selling stolen corals. Let everybody know who they are. We need to talk about it not push it under a rug, JUST because we want one of those corals someday. Wrong is wrong, we need YOUR help with this.. Please lets put an end to the concentration camps around the world."
To summize, according to Mr. Lovewell - every individual and entity (including public aquaria) involved in the marine trade is evil, as is every retail store (LFS) and anyone conducting business via the Internet including eBay or Craigslist.
I am surprised Coral Magazine publishes such drivel...
Yeah...not the kind of quality I would expect from Coral Magazine. They need to demote that guy back to his blog...I wouldn't allow something like that in our Article Forum on CR...and the with a title like that, Coral Magazine seems more like National Coral Enquirer..."Enquiring reefers want to know"
Let us not forget that it was written on paper made from a tree, that was ripped from it's roots right from the very earth he pretends to watch over. Leaving countless birds, animals and insects homeless. Leaving only a bare spot where there was once was beauty. Loaded on a truck without care or concern, piled on top of and smothered by his fellow trees that met the same fate as he. Oh how many were killed and destroyed to haul him out of the forest. Crying all the way to the mill, screaming in vain as it was chopped up and pushed into the wood chipper. Oh, the inhumanity of all the chemicals prossesed to produce the paper and ink. Spewing fourth into the air a toxic cloud as the processing continues. After this horrific event only to end up in a landfill somewhere rotting and polluting the ground water which will in the end kill the poor mother coral. Way to go John Lovewell!
Last edited by slapshot; 06-06-2011 at 02:06 PM.
It takes a long long time to build a coral reef. Step by step the reefs survive on partnerships. And the most important partners are you and I.
Sometimes it really sucks being new to the world of sw reefing. Especially the market world. I do research to become informed and wind up wondering, who the **** do I listen to??
Although somewhat embarrassed for posting it, not knowing any better. I'm also glad I did. Once again I have been INFORMED!