Urge This Texas Bar to Ditch Minnow ‘Shots’

Minnows© iStock.com/cgering

Hoping to draw in customers, Zōcalo Cantina in El Paso, Texas, reportedly offers “The Last Swim” shot: Bartenders force live fish into shot glasses filled with liquor for customers to swallow. Not only is this dangerous to humans because of potential parasite and disease (e.g., salmonella) transmission, it’s also extremely inhumane. Fish are complex beings with distinct personalities. They communicate with each other, form bonds, and—according to experts—possess tremendous capacity for suffering because their nervous systems are virtually identical to those of mammals. Being handled roughly, immersed in alcohol, and consumed alive only to perish in a bath of digestive acids is undoubtedly a horrific ordeal for these defenseless animals. They need your voice now.

Please politely urge Zōcalo Cantina to stop the cruelty—then forward this alert far and wide!

Polite comments can be directed to the restaurant:

Zōcalo Cantina
1160 Airway Blvd., Suite C-4
El Paso, TX 79925

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