Recently, I saw a few friends getting “fish pedicures” on Facebook. It peaked my interest as something that might be fun to try. But then I started wondering…could that really be good for me, or for the fish? I’m skeptical of anything that uses animals because I worry about hygiene and how the animals are treated. So I did a bit of research. I’m glad I did because now I definitely WILL NOT be seeking out a fish pedicure! I have a few issues that make this a definite NO for me!
- Hygiene: Anything involving live animals means there will be waste involved. When you have a tank full of live fish, they are eliminating their waste right into the tank that you are sticking your feet into. That is a breeding ground for bacteria and infections! I am definitely not comfortably marinating my feet is a basin of fish waste.
- Foot Diseases: There are no limits on who is permitted to get a fish pedicure, so anyone with a nail infection or toenail fungus could have soaked their feet in the very basin you are now soaking your feet in. Since there are live animals living in the basin, there is no way to empty and properly sanitize the water between clients. Not to mention that the fish themselves can carry bacteria which gets introduced into the water that your feet are soaking in.
- Animal Cruelty: When I did research, it turns out that the Garra Rufa fish (which is the type of fish used for pedicures) really has no interest in eating your skin out in the wild. In fact, the only reason they eat the dead skin off your feet is because they are starved and not fed while in captivity. That just seems so unfair to me! I can’t get behind anything that starves animals for our amusement.
If you’re looking for baby smooth feet, stick to a traditional pedicure where you can control the hygiene and make sure everything is sanitized!
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