Live carp sales could be banned in Poland


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Carp forms part of the Christmas celebrations in Poland, traditionally being eaten on Christmas Eve - but concerns over treatment of the fish at point of sale could see a ban on the sale of live carp.

Although regulations introduced in 2012 state that carp sold in plastic bags must contain sufficient water for the fish to be able to respirate, a group made of up Civic Platform MPs, called the Parliamentary Group for Friends of Animals, says the law is not being observed as it regularly sees live fish suffocating in bags hanging outside shops.

The group is now asking MPs to vote on legislation to prevent the sale of live carp, requiring a qualified person to kill the fish at the point of sale, meaning it would no longer be necessary to package the live fish individually in bags and the customer will not have to take the carp away to slaughter it at home.

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