The decision to have a companion animal is a serious responsibility, which requires planning and a commitment to their long-term care. It should not be based on how well you can toss a ping pong ball into a bowl. Goldfish are living, feeling creatures, just like any other animal. Goldfish won at carnivals are usually thought of more as a prize than as a pet. The sad reality is that people who win goldfish as prizes rarely have the appropriate home set up for them, and the fish usually soon perish. Speak out against live animal giveaways!