Applaud Efforts to Reprimand Man for Consuming Pet Goldfish


Target: Michelle Charlton, Chief Inspector of Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Goal: Praise expedient prosecution of man who ate pet goldfish as a joke

In a foolish effort to partake in a viral drinking game known as Neknominate, a young man imbibed his pet goldfish, chased it with a mixture of fish food and tequila, then uploaded it on Facebook as a joke. What started out as a social party game in Australia has turned lethal and viral as young people engage in challenges known as Neknominate, where the goal is to film yourself drinking large quantities of a “lethal” drink and then nominate a friend to outdo you.

Approximately five people under the age of 30 have died participating in Neknominate challenges where the stakes get higher as the drinks become more outlandish and deadly. Neknominate challenges have inspired people to consume ridiculous cocktails that contain engine oil, dog food, insects, and now, live animals.

Twenty-two-year-old Gavin Hope was caught on film preparing an unthinkable cocktail of lager, chili, tequila, an egg and fish food before gulping down his pet goldfish. Chief Inspector Michelle Charlton of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals caught wind of the viral video and prosecuted Hope accordingly stating to The Guardian that, “Eating a live animal and posting a video of it online for entertainment is not some light-hearted joke – it is unacceptable.” When asked why he decided to consume the goldfish, Hope revealed that he thought the fish was ill and instead of flushing it down the toilet, he decided to consume it for a Neknomination challenge.

Hope was found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act for failing to meet the needs of an animal under his care and for unsuccessfully protecting the goldfish from pain, suffering and disease. Because of the expedient attention given to the case by RSPCA’s Michelle Charlton, Hope was fined £460.00 and deeply regrets his irrational and negligent behavior.

Sign the petition to applaud the RSPCA for the prosecution of Gavin Hope and for caring deeply about the safety and welfare of all animals.


Dear Michelle Charlton,

Thank you for your vigilant efforts to bring a young man to justice after he imbibed his pet goldfish as a dare and foolish effort to take part in the internet craze known as Neknominate. What began as a concerning drinking game has spiraled into a lethal social media frenzy that has, unfortunately, escalated to the consumption of live animals. What Gavin Hope did was simply unforgivable and your organization recognized that and expediently defended the rights of the goldfish he chose to carelessly guzzle.

Because of your charity’s compassion and Hope’s prosecution, I hope that other young people realize the severity of their decisions to involve live animals in a ploy to gain attention, fickle fame and futile recognition. Eating a live animal for entertainment is not only callous, but disheartening and I hope your organization continues its efforts to combat vicious crimes against innocent animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Bjwebb via Wikimedia Commons

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