Schoolgirl calls for ban on fairground goldfish

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A 12-year-old schoolgirl from Lancashire is campaigning to ban live goldfish being given away as prizes at funfairs.

Emily Hurst from Blackburn started a petition after seeing goldfish in bags at a local fair.

She told the BBC: "Some were dead, some of them had fins hanging off, it was just a really terrible sight to see."

Despite the law stating that fish can be given as prizes in England and Wales only if the person is over 16 or is with an adult, Emily said that she was offered a goldfish as a prize at one of the stalls, even though she wasn't with an adult at the time.

She said: "I think it's really cruel that they're kept that way, next to noisy fairground attractions."

She has over 3,000 signatures on her Saving Goldfish Forever petition, which she plans to hand over in August and has also spoken to MPs Jake Berry and Jack Straw about her concerns.

Further reading:
How can we stop goldfish being given away as prizes?

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