PETA denounces G20 goldfish security
South Korean officials placed 6 goldfish in the restrooms' water supply to ensure the water wasn't contaminated.
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 05:04 PM
FISH HAVE FEELINGS TOO: PETA countered that goldfish suffer pain in much the same way as dogs and cats. (Photo: jupiterimages)
South Korean authorities said that, in addition to deploying thousands of armed police, they would use six goldfish which would be placed in the restrooms' water supply to ensure purity.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals countered Wednesday that goldfish suffer pain in much the same way as dogs and cats.
"Protecting world leaders is very serious, but so is protecting animals who feel pain just as people do," said PETA's executive vice president, Tracy Reiman.
"There are a variety of modern scientific methods that would better protect world leaders and keep fish from enduring agonizing deaths from contaminated water," she wrote in a letter to South Korean authorities.
Oh Su-Young of the convention center earlier told AFP that the fish "symbolize an eco-friendly water policy" with used water recycled for the restrooms.
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