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URGENT: Goldfish Desperately Need Your Voice Again

February 1, 2012
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BACKGROUND

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

Email Block

ray@itsthebar.com , phil@itsthebar.com

Individual

Ray Rodriguez
General Manager
The Bar
554 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
303-733-0122
ray@itsthebar.com

Phil Vilotti
Bookings
phil@itsthebar.com


SAMPLE LETTER

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.

NAME



SEE PREVIOUS: Urge Bar to Ditch Live-Fish Shots: Sample Letter


SEE MORE:



goldfish races
goldfish shots
you think
that amusing?
we think not
it is ignorant,
insensitive
the sport of louts
who cannot ideate
just act rude or shout
and if they received
the water blast
they would cry like
babies
very fast

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



20 Comments
  1. February 1, 2012 4:04 pm

    THIS IS ONE I HAVEN’T HEARD OF!!!!!!!!!!!God I wish I could say exactly what I want to say!!! What is happening to this fucked up world!!!! Will send emails, and call and send letter!!!! Shared!!!!
    CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    February 1, 2012 4:31 pm

    goldfish races
    goldfish shots
    you think
    that amusing?
    we think not
    it is ignorant,
    insensitive
    the sport of louts
    who cannot ideate
    just act rude or shout
    and if they received
    the water blast
    they would cry like
    babies
    very fast

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    • Louise Guthrie permalink
      February 4, 2012 8:54 pm

      Ripper poem Karen.

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  3. DEBERA DELGATTO permalink
    February 2, 2012 6:39 am

    Debbie Calvello response from….ray@itsthebar.com…. what a moron

    Wow, let me guess…you got an email from Stacey at The Petition Spot which made all of these claims to you, and wait…you never verified any of them so you sent an email in disgust and don’t know anything that is actually happening around here.

    1. Get educated, or at least do some actual research on your own before you cast aspersions.
    2. We are ethical people who are not doing anything you or The Petition Spot is purporting to.
    3. Yes we are conducting races, but if you took the time to contact us in an appropriate manner, you would find that it is done in a very humane and appropriate manner, and the fish are kept in an extremely clean and caring manner.

    Cheers.

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    • Amanda permalink
      February 6, 2012 4:41 am

      The goldfish races have even started yet Stacey! LOL Whoever visited that bar with the goldfish races and the goldfish shots must’ve been in the wrong bar. I visit The Bar often, and have yet to see a goldfish race conducted. However, it is supposed to debut soon.

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  4. Lis permalink
    February 2, 2012 6:25 pm

    Here are the replies I’ve received from Ray Rodriguez via email of my urging him to consider other beings…i wrote:
    Please stop this downright blatant cruelty you are carrying out in your bar to goldfish.
    I beg of you that you explore other activities that don’t cause suffering of live be-ings for the entertainment of your customers? There are other ways to make an honest buck than to exploit, torture and murder living creatures who have every right to enjoy their lives as we do as humans.
    Thank you for your time.
    email reply #1:
    “Wow, let me guess…you got an email from The Petition Spot that made all of these claims to you, and wait…you never verified any of them so you sent an email in disgust and don’t know anything that is actually happening around here.
    1. Get educated, or at least do some actual research on your own before you cast aspersions.
    2. We are ethical people who are not doing anything you or The Petition Spot is purporting to.
    3. Yes we are conducting races, but if you took the time to contact us in an appropriate manner, you would find that it is done in a very humane and appropriate manner, and the fish are kept in an extremely clean and caring manner.
    Cheers.”
    i replied with:
    “So educate me, Ray. what exactly is it you do there then with the fish?
    Oh, and what gives you the right to think you can exploit another be-ing like that???”
    his reply # 2:
    “The fact that we don’t see eye to eye on anything you are proclaiming. That there are no laws to stop me from doing so and the fact the the Denver Health Department, Police Department and Animal Rescue have all approved of our measures and see no harm in what is occurring.
    I am fully within my rights to do so legally, and yes ethically. I am a hunter, a fisher, and a meat eater. I see nothing wrong with this practice and will continue to do so, so long as I abide by the laws of this City and State.
    Thank you.”
    i’m INFURIATED w/ this man and others like him who think they can just do this because the ‘law’ says. do they not have hearts that feel?!

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    • February 2, 2012 7:14 pm

      Thanks, Lis, I got the first response but not the second. These people mistake legal with humane, which is downright repulsive. Law doesn’t define morality. It’s too bad that they are continuing this cruelty, legal or not. Immaturity and cruelty define them.

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      • Lis permalink
        February 2, 2012 7:54 pm

        ain’t that the truth stacey. 😦 heartbreaking…day after day w/ what others think is ok in their world…not realizing it’s OUR world. all of us living beings.

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  5. February 2, 2012 8:41 pm

    Here is the reply I received yesterday from Ray Rodriguez:

    “…sigh!

    Wow, let me guess…you got an email which made all of these claims to you, and wait…you never verified any of them so you sent an email in disgust and don’t know anything that is actually happening around here.

    1. Get educated, or at least do some actual research on your own before you cast aspersions.
    2. We are ethical people who are not doing anything you or PETA are purporting to.
    3. Yes we are conducting races, but if you took the time to contact us appropriately, you would find that it is done in a very humane manner with extreme attention paid to their health and safety.

    Cheers.”

    LOL!!! Keep spreading the word!

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  6. Joan permalink
    February 3, 2012 3:34 pm

    What is wrong with these people, what does he mean in a humane manner how can he consider any part of this as humane.

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  7. February 13, 2012 12:50 pm

    IGNORANT C*NT IS WHAT I AM CALLED BY RAY RODRIGUEZ. I had suggested that real men don’t hurt little things. Find pictures of the bar. It’s a dump. Next to a pawn shop. I think they must have stock in corrugated aluminum.

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