URGENT: Goldfish Desperately Need Your Voice Again
Experts know that fish are complex beings who have personalities, form bonds, and have a large capacity for suffering. Hoping to draw in customers, Denver restaurant The Bar is offering “goldfish shots,” in which bartenders serve patrons shots of liquor containing live goldfish, and “goldfish races,” during which patrons armed with water bottles or water guns blast the animals down tracks made of plastic gutters. Such cruel activities are undoubtedly terrifying for these tiny, defenseless animals who have no means of escape.
Please politely ask The Bar to stop this cruelty. Urge management to explore other activities that don’t cause suffering—and please forward this alert far and wide! These fish need your voice now!
WHOM TO CONTACT
firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
554 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Dear Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Vilotti,
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 The Bar cease offering a live fish shot as well as the cruel event “goldfish races”.
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 and race.
Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent appeal.
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we think not
it is ignorant,
the sport of louts
who cannot ideate
just act rude or shout
and if they received
the water blast
they would cry like
Karen Lyons Kalmenson