Say No to the Goldfish in a Bag

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I well remember, when I was a child, the practice of goldfish being given away as prizes at fairs and other events. The poor creatures never lived very long, and although I longed to own one in its little plastic bag, I always felt it must be cruel. I hadn’t seen this for some time, so was of the opinion that this was no longer a general practice. I was surprised to find that it still goes on.

RSPCA Cymru has been campaigning so that no more creatures should be given away as prizes. A spokesperson says that with four in five adults in Wales believing a ban is necessary and a dozen local authorities having already forbidden the practice, it is time for an outright ban across the country.

The ban is currently in place in Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Conwy, Flintshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen County Borough, the Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham but is still allowed in 10 other council areas of wales.

It is already an offence to give an animal away as a prize to anyone in Scotland, but in England only 34 local authorities have made the decision to ban it.

It should be noted that it is an offence for anyone under 16 and not accompanied by an adult to be given an animal as a prize according to the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said that it is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal, but the RSPCA is determined that action on a national level is necessary.

The Welsh Government has agreed that to outlaw this cruel activity and to ensure the welfare of all animals in Wales, it is introducing a relevant broad range of policies and it points out that local authorities are able to take action to prohibit the practice of giving away animals as prizes at events held on council-owned land.

If you would like to know more or join the campaign, go to: www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/petprizes.

Kitty Parsons

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