Virginia Beach Bar Ends Goldfish-Swallowing Contests

July 2002

After learning that a Virginia Beach nightclub was holding weekly Fear Factor contests that required contestants to swallow live goldfish, we immediately wrote to the club owner to urge him to do away with the cruel contests. We also let him know that another local bar had recently decided to stop holding similar contests after receiving complaints from PETA and local residents. The owner agreed that the contests are cruel and inappropriate and stopped hosting them.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind