USA: Cruel ‘goldfish grab’ in Ohio banned?

Despite a public outcry, the city of Springdale, Ohio’s Parks and Recreation Department has reportedly scheduled another “Goldfish Swim” on August 8, in which 1,000 goldfish will be dumped into a swimming pool with children who will be instructed to scramble to catch them with their bare hands.

During this chaotic event, approximately 1,000 goldfish will be poured into a community swimming pool, where children 12 and under “must catch them with their bare hands, no nets, no buckets or help from Mom and Dad” in the hope of taking them home.

Being dumped into a pool filled with frantic children grabbing at them would obviously be a horrific ordeal for these tiny animals, who view nearly everything as a predator—and exposure to even trace amounts of chlorine can cause them to experience respiratory distress.
Furthermore, because fish can transmit bacteria such as E. coli, such events pose a risk to the children, too.
These animals need your help now!*

Using the form below, please urge Springdale’s Parks and Recreation Department and its mayor and city council to cancel this cruel event permanently—then, forward this alert to everyone you know. (Petition)

And I mean…More than 4,700 people have signed a petition to stop the event saying it is “obvious” animal abuse.

Unfortunately PETA very rarely or not at all dates their posts. The article I posted was also undated.
I did a little research on the topic and found the following news:

Julia Davenport, USA: THEY HAVEN’T SCHEDULED ONE FOR 2020!!!

I’ve scrolled through the city’s events calendar several times and looked at several months, and I didn’t see a Goldfish Swim scheduled for any of the upcoming months all the way out to February.
They have other aquatic events for the next several weeks for various ages, but no Goldfish Swim.


And PETA itself posted this last message.
However, as I said: no date!

*UPDATE: Ohio City Officials Cancel Cruel ‘Goldfish Grab’!
The city of Upper Arlington, Ohio, made the decision to cancel its plans to host a “goldfish grab” event in which dozens of goldfish would have been dumped into a swimming pool and chased by scrambling children who would attempt to scoop them up with nets.
We’re extending a big “thank you” to the city and to all of you for speaking up for animals!

Maybe they gave up. Fingers crossed!

(Anyone who wants can still sign the petition, it is still active, and that is the reason why I decided to post the topic anyway).

My best regards to all, Venus

Our reader Mary Finelli sent us the following message:

Mary Finelli says:
June 9, 2021 at 10:39 pm

Venus, very unfortunately – and infuriatingly, this animal abuse event is scheduled to happen this year, as noted in the city’s current newsletter (see p.7): % 20-% 20final.pdf

See also

Mary Finelli
Fish feel

We thank her very much.
After this information it makes sense to sign the petition.
Please do that!

Regards Venus

2 thoughts on “USA: Cruel ‘goldfish grab’ in Ohio banned?”

    1. Dear Maria Finelli,
      Thank you for the information.
      That’s why I put a question mark in the title of the article.
      Yes, it is a backward trend in human development to offer such a primitive spectacle, and it is even worse that children are involved in it.
      So it’s good that the petition is still ongoing.

      my best regards to you,


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