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Goldfish shots event called off

Published: 2:03PM Tuesday March 02, 2010 Source: ONE News

A Hamilton bar has called off a controversial live goldfish drinking event.

Hamilton's Agenda Bar owner fronted up on TVNZ's Breakfast show on Tuesday morning, outlining the reasons why they would be selling tequila shots with live goldfish in an event on Tuesday night.

But the promotion, which would have been part of Waikato University's orientation week, has now been abandoned, with owner Logan Hughes saying the bar does not need the hassle of a moral debate, which could have ended up in the courts.

He says it was never his intention to offend anyone.

Hughes says he initially got the idea from overseas, saying it would be fun to bring it to New Zealand.

He says there would have been minimal discomfort for the fish as they would have been swallowed whole.

Bar staff will instead offer a chocolate fish and shot for everyone who asked for the goldfish drink and would have an SPCA donation box at the bar.

Animal rights groups had already voiced their concern about the event.

What do you think about drinking a live goldfish? Have your say on the messageboard below.

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  • Well said on 2010-03-02 @ 15:43 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Goldfish are companions not food. I know someone who has had their goldfish for about 10years now. The owner of this bar should die.

  • get_justine said on 2010-03-02 @ 13:38 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Logan mentioned that this will have minimal discomfort on the fish, wouldnt they be burned to death in peoples stomach acid? I wouldnt say that was a humane way to kill something. They don't have my support

  • Cailean said on 2010-03-02 @ 13:24 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Stop this immediately! So no discomfort....an animal designed to live in freshwater with a pH somewhere in the region of 7 is swallowed whole and alive into a stomach with a pH of 2 - I'd equate that to the organisers stripping off and sitting immersed in a bath of hydrochloric acid. Noew also consider that goldfish need perhaps 5mg of oxygen per litre of water...I doubt there's that in a person stomach - so they are subject to extreme pH stress and hypoxia (suffocation)...how not stressful?

  • Pacifier said on 2010-03-02 @ 13:17 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I think more places should offer goldfish shots. I would order many all at once. Theres nothing like having many goldfish wriggling around in your stomach all at once. Wheres the harm in this? The goldfish will be drunk so won't care. The goldfish will love it. Theres nothing quite like being immersed in alcohol listening to cool beats, dont you think?

  • MamaBear said on 2010-03-02 @ 13:08 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I THINK THAT THIS IS INHUMANE AND CRUEL. HOW DISGUSTING, I AM APPALLED BY THIS AND HOW HUGHES CAN THINK THAT SUCH I THING ISNT IMMORAL. SICKENED. NEVER GOING TO THIS BAR AGAIN. IF THEY THINK THAT SWALLOWING LIVE GOLDFISH IS THE FUN THAT HAMILTON NEEDS THEN THEY ARE SADLY MISTAKEN, THINGS LIKE THIS PUT A BLACK MARK AGAINST HAMILTONS NAME AND REPUTATION IN MY BOOKS AND MOST LIKELY IN MANY OTHERS.

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