Swallowing goldfish at Ohio school angers group

Swallowing goldfish at Ohio school angers group

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A goldfish for sale swims in an aquarium at a market in Kuwait City on September 2, 2013, where each fish is sold for three Kuwaiti Dinar (10USD). AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 2:22 PM

   TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- An animal rights group says a high school in Ohio should put a stop to a tradition where students swallow live goldfish during a basketball game.
 
   Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say the tradition violates Ohio's anti-cruelty laws.
 
   Officials with the Perrysburg school district near Toledo say they've asked student leaders to discuss the issue and come up with a recommendation. The administration will ultimately make a decision.
 
   The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports the tradition began in 1981 when a few students ate worms before a game before they decided to eat goldfish instead.
 
   The event happens when Perrysburg plays their rival Maumee High School.
 
   PETA says it got involved in trying to stop the practice after getting calls from local residents.
 

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