The line between cruelty and cuisine can at times be a bit hard to discern. We have previously discussed whether swallowing live gold fish (or even selling gold fish) is an act of criminal cruelty. Now a man, Daniel Challis, 24, has been found guilty of causing suffering to a fish after posting a video of his swallowing the fish on a dare.
Challis and his friend Cheryl Stevens, 27, filmed the incident and posted a 35 second clip on Facebook. She was also found guilty of the same charge. The video followed heavy drinking after work and a dare from a third party to swallow the pet in the office of the Crazy Horse bar in Paignton last March.
What is interesting is that is widely accepted to eat sushi where fish are eaten soon after being killed with a knife. Lobsters and crabs are generally boiled alive. Would it have been a criminal offense to kill the fish with a knife and then swallow it?
What do you think?