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Urge Bar to Ditch Live-Fish Shots: Sample Letter

November 9, 2011


Hoping to draw in customers, Redneck Heaven Restaurant & Bar in Lewisville and Forth Worth, Texas, offers “Minnow Bombs”—where bartenders place a live fish inside a shot of liquor. Fish are complex beings who have personalities, communicate with each other, form bonds, and, according to countless experts, have a large capacity for suffering. Being handled, dropped in alcohol, and swallowed alive is undoubtedly a painful and terrifying ordeal for such tiny, defenseless animals, who have no means of escape. They need your voice now!

Please politely urge Redneck Heaven to stop this cruelty. And forward this alert far and wide!


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Redneck Heaven
2501 S. Stemmons Fwy.
Lewisville, TX 75067

Redneck Heaven
3840 N.E. Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76137


To Whom It Concerns,

It has come to my attention that you have created a drink using live fish: a live fish is put in a shot for the patron to drink, and I am respectfully requesting you cease offering a live fish shot.

Please allow me to elaborate. Fish are complex animals who experience suffering and joy, and who also have the capacity to nurture complex relationships and display grief upon separation. Furthermore, despite an almost-universal apathy towards their sensitivity, fish indeed experience pain and react negatively towards stressful situations including loud noises, lights, enclosures, and disturbed environments.  Although patrons may find this amusing and a chance to demonstrate bravado to others, it is indeed a painful and terrifying experience for the fish.

Please take this opportunity to express compassion and empathy for our animal friends and decide to help rather than harm them by discontinuing the fish drink.

Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent appeal.



a fish while drinking
what were they
take you shots
as you may
but keep live fish
far away

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 9, 2011 12:42 pm

    a fish while drinking
    what were they
    take you shots
    as you may
    but keep live fish
    far away


  2. linda badham permalink
    November 9, 2011 3:28 pm

    maybe when someone gets sick you will realize that this is wrong and stop doing this to fish !!!



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