Urge Kimpton Hotel Chain to End Fish Rentals

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Originally Posted: 20 Dec 2010

Urge Kimpton Hotel Chain to End Fish Rentals

FROM  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


Tell the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group to do the right thing and stop using fish as props for the fleeting amusement of guests. Please politely urge Kimpton CEO Mike Depatie to end their fish rental program.

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And/Or make direct contact:

Mike Depatie, CEO
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group
222 Kearny Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
phone (800) KIMPTON (546-7866)
online email form


The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group bills itself as a "pioneer" with progressive policies, but the hotel chain's "Guppy Love" program is anything but progressive (or loving!). This insensitive ploy uses betta fish as decorations, renting them out to guests who are "in need of a little extra color, comfort, and companionship—but no extra effort …."

PETA has reached out to Kimpton directly in writing and by phone, but our concerns have fallen on deaf ears. Kimpton's news release erroneously states, "Unlike many varieties of fish, bettas don't require aeration and are perfectly content in large, unheated tanks or smaller glass bowls, making an ideal in-room companion." In reality, betta fish are native to Asia, where they live in the warm shallows of rice paddies, fertile ponds, and streams.

In captivity, they require a rich environment with at least 10 gallons of water (they damage their fins when they are deprived of adequate space) kept at 75 to 80 degrees. Being jostled around in tiny glass bowls hardly fits the bill.

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