Carnival games should not reward animals as prizes because information concerning care isn't provided. Frustrated people are stuck with an animal they know nothing about. Because of this lack of knowledge, the animal will more than likely die. The majority of people do not enjoy having their pet die.
A successful pitch of a baseball wins you a green anole, a small lizard that requires specific needs. You're handed your prize in nothing more than a cardboard box. "Congratulations" and "thanks," nothing more said. This little anole needs to have a constant temperature of 70-80 degrees and a moderate level of humidity. Obtaining food can somewhat be difficult considering these reptiles are insectivores, a diet consisting only of insects. The game operator probably fails to mention the care this animal requires. It's not his or her fault. They're trained to persuade people to play the game. They are not trained to properly maintain animals.
More often than anoles, goldfish are given away as prizes as well. A common goldfish will grow approximately 14 inches or more. It is obvious that a lot of people do not know this. I work at a pet store and so many customers are surprised when they find out their goldfish won't live happily in a six ounce jar. To grow properly, one goldfish requires at least a 20 gallon aquarium. Unfortunately, they don't go home like that at carnivals. Your new friend is housed
in a small bowl no more than six inches around, which is hardly adequate for a fish that is naturally messy. Goldfish are cold water fish and their waste produces a lot of ammonia, meaning no other type of fish can live with them properly. It's doubtful this information is shared with the new owner.