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I had a visceral reaction to seeing these. Maybe it's a cultural thing...? I just don't get the lure of painting something that's alive (granted it's a shell they adopt...)

It just seems to speak to a twisted and unhealthy level of consumerism.

Ironically, these were being sold in a "world market" kind of store.

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Comment by JustAnotherUserName on June 14, 2011 at 11:16am's so undignified.  Poor things.  I wonder what they think when they look at each other.
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on June 14, 2011 at 11:46am


You think they're embarrassed? 


I get a sick feeling in my stomach when I see stuff like this.  I'm not even sure why. 

Comment by Marie on June 14, 2011 at 1:34pm

Sick? *shudders* Oh yah! Totally decadent, as bad as living jeweled bugs.

Comment by NatureJunkie on June 14, 2011 at 3:22pm

Oh man, that is deeply wrong on many levels. First, I object to animals being poached from their natural environment to supply that kind of trade. Second, although I can't verify that it's true (but it makes sense), I've read that painting the shell of a mollusc interferes with future shell growth. And what that level of objectification of a living thing says about us humans... I can't even go there.


Watching the second time, I realized that almost all of them were painted as cartoon characters. So they'd appeal specifically to children? What a horrible message for children about how to treat animals.

Comment by SydTheSkeptic on June 14, 2011 at 3:54pm
Thank you!!!!! No one seemed to really get it but you articulated it much better than I could at the time.
Comment by BlancheNoE on June 15, 2011 at 6:54pm

I'd think the paint can't possibly be good for them and more than likely is bad for them.

They are so fucking cool looking all by themselves. Yeah. That's not good, I think.

Comment by peacenik on June 16, 2011 at 1:55am
Hmm, sad and dumb.
Comment by spacemonkey1310 on June 18, 2011 at 12:03pm
Yeah I know what you mean. Just plain wrong.
Comment by Mel Meeperson on August 23, 2011 at 8:37pm
The paint is the good part about this situation. What about being pulled out their habitat, put in little boxes and sold to humans.... The problem is way before the paint.  A lot of paint is harmless to people and animals. There are so many other things wrong here. Just sayin'...


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