Stop Swallowing Live Goldfish at Athletic Events


Target: Michael Short, Principal of Perrysburg High School

Goal: Replace cruel fish-swallowing tradition with a compassionate and wholesome alternative

A school tradition of eating live goldfish has been in practice for nearly three decades now at Perrysburg High School in Perrysburg, Ohio. During an annual basketball game against their rival team from Maumee High School, the students and players left the gymnasium at halftime to swallow goldfish outside. Some students will swallow several of the small fish as a way of showing off, with one boy swallowing as many as 14.

The principal of the high school not only allows, but celebrates the bizarre ritual, claiming that it is rooted in school tradition. The tradition began in 1981 after a few students planned to eat worms before a basketball game, but ate goldfish instead. The school’s principal says that the practice, which has been moved outside in recent years, will be more memorable to students than most academic activities.

Not only does the school’s tradition most likely break laws set by Ohio state to protect animals, but live, raw fish could be host to several different parasites or bacteria. Invasive parasites such as roundworms, tapeworms, and Anisakis can be contracted by eating raw fish, as can salmonella.

Goldfish, though generally thought to be a relatively simple creature, are actually capable of great suffering. Sentenced to death by digestive acids or suffocation without water – whichever comes first – these goldfish are put through immense panic and pain before their cruel and unnecessary deaths. Urge Perrysburg High School to replace their dated ‘tradition’ with a more humane and progressive one.


Dear Michael Short, Principal of Perrysburg High School

At an annual basketball match, students at Perrysburg High School swallow live goldfish as part of a tradition that originated over 30 years ago. Some students swallow several fish in an effort to show off to their peers, all with the school’s approval. The small fish can carry harmful parasites and bacteria, including tapeworms, roundworms, and salmonella.

Not only is the practice questionable in terms of human health, but it is also objectionable in terms of moral soundness. Goldfish, though widely believed to be unintelligent creatures, can actually feel great suffering, including pain and fear. Perrysburg High School’s tradition sentences these creatures to death by acidic digestive juices, as well as subjects them to fear and panic from the moment they are plucked from the water. I urge you to replace this dated and cruel tradition with something more compassionate and progressive, such as perhaps a spicy pepper or a dead and prepared anchovy.


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  1. I wonder when someone would start a cool thing to showoff by eating their own fingers.

  2. Franca Menegon says:

    Quelli che sono contro la sperimentazione animale ma usano i farmaci.
    Quelli che ammazzerebbero un bambino per salvare un roditore.
    Quelli che se il bambino fosse il loro…?
    Quelli che “se ci estinguessimmo sarebbe un mondo migliore!”
    Quelli che però non cominciano per primi.
    Quelli che sono vivi grazie alla ricerca e se ne lamentano.
    Quelli che “fermiamo la vivisezione per salvare gli animali!”.
    Quelli che poi portano il cane dal veterinario.
    Quelli che la chiamano “vivisezione”.
    Quelli che con limone e peperoncino passa tutto, anche il cancro.
    Quelli che sanno come sostituire i test sugli animali ma non te lo possono dire.
    Quelli che le scoperte scientifiche “non ci risultano…”.
    Quelli che hanno le idee chiarissime ma non sanno come spiegarle.
    Quelli che hanno cominciato a rompere i coglioni da piccoli, non hanno ancora finito e ancora non sanno perché lo fanno.
    Quelli lì.
    Dove ci porteranno?

    • William Nemo says:

      Quelli che (come me) auspicano un’estinzione totale di ogni forma di vita. MONDO DI MERDA

    • alessandro marano says:

      Non conosco che tipo di cultura tu abbia ma posso immaginare e senza per forza ribattere punto per punto le tue opinioni ti chiedo io a te invece:
      Perchè a te questo mondo improntato in questo modo invece và bene? Nel senso che l’importante è stare bene dentro il proprio giardino e per il resto?

  3. A big WTF! WTF is wrong with pple? wtf! Hearless, mindless, didnt recieve a good spanking from their heartless parents! What a shame to be them….

  4. I wish they eat their own shit ! That’s what they diserve… Assholes !

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