Swallowing Goldfish Tradition Angers Animal Rights Group

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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 (http://bit.ly/1jIRwZK ) 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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