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06-06-2011, 12:28 PM
"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...
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Last edited by CalmSeasQuest; 06-06-2011 at 02:08 PM.