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    School girl setups petition to ban goldfish being given away as a prize

    NewsFish and aquaticsTuesday 09 April 2013
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    A schoolgirl has setup a petition to ban the prize of goldfish in fairgrounds in England and Wales after winning a goldfish and seeing the awful conditions they were being kept in.

    Emily Hirst, 13 years old setup the petition last year. Already it has 1307 supporters including four members of parliament. Also the ex home secretary Jack Straw has put his name to the list.

    The aim of the petition is to try to stop goldfish being given away as prizes. Emily claimed that from her visit to the fair the goldfish were kept in a poor environment such as dirty water, tiny bags and also next to loud and noisy machines. Also there are reports of the fish’s fins falling off.

    Every Saturday Emily goes to Blackburn centre in order to convince shoppers there to sign the petition. The offline petition is said to have gathered over 9000 supporters. She has also been invited on Blue Peter to help raise awareness for her cause.

    Emily’s father commented on the news by saying "She was given it as a prize at her local fair but she told them it was cruel and refused to accept it, taking home a cuddly teddy instead.

    "I'm so proud of her, fighting for something that means so much to her and getting so far doing it."

    The law was changed in Scotland however is yet to reach England or Wales.

    RSPCA are against the practise of giving goldfish away as prizes because they are likely to suffer from shock, oxygen deprivation and quite possibly die from the change in water temperature.

     
     

    To visit the petition click here

    Source: The Telegraph

    Photograph: A*Kaiser

     
     
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