I did a PETA action alert about a bar that was going to start having have goldfish shots. Basically, they would be putting live goldfish into a shot glass filled with alcohol, and having people drink them. ALIVE. Well, by the time I got to that alert, they had updated it. The bar was no longer going to have goldfish shots, but they were going to have goldfish races. Essentially, people would be coaxing, goldfish through a series of plastic tubes. So, I sent a message to the owners, and it read as follows:
“To Whom It May Concern:
I am not sure if “goldfish races” are being held currently or not, as I could not find any additional information on the subject. However, I was informed that as of February this year, your facilities were planning to hold them. If this is no longer true, thank you very much! If these races are being held presently, I would like you to know that fish have personalities, form bonds, and have a large capacity for suffering. Holding these races is cruel and unjust. If these races are going on, I urge you to end them immediately. Again, if these races are no longer being held, thank you very much!
About a week later, I received this reply:
“Thanks for your concern…the races continue and we have received wide positive press and our customers absolutely love them.”
Alright. So What should I do? Should I just drop it? After all, If the customers “absolutely love them” they probably won’t be willing to stop the races anyway. Should I try to explain to them that they should be more concerned for the well-being of the fish? What would you all suggest?