The ASPCA is the country’s largest organization devoted to ending cruelty to animals, and they know what they’re doing. They produced this very useful chart, which breaks down the annual cost of owning 7 different kinds of pets and ensures that you’ll think twice before buying anything from a rabbit to large dog. Pets in that spectrum will run you between one and 2 thousand dollars a year, so you have a financial incentive not to subject the poor critters to a lifetime of having its ears tugged and food eaten by your kid. If the kid won’t stop going on about a pet, the ASPCA has you covered: a goldfish is only $235 annually, and there really isn’t any way for your kid to torture it. Kill it, sure, but not torture it.