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Swallowing goldfish at Ohio school angers group

Published: February 17, 2014 9:40 AM

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.

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PETA says it got involved in trying to stop the practice after getting calls from local residents.


Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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