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Goldfish regurgitator fined £200 but didn’t know it was illegal

a goldfish

a goldfish

A man who downed two goldfish as part of a Neknomination dare before regurgitating them has been fined £200 by magistrates.

Jack Blowers was sober when he went to a local shop to buy the fish, Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court in Suffolk heard.

The 20-year-old was filmed setting up a pint-sized aquarium, complete with gravel and fish food, in a glass before drinking it in one go.

The clip, which was uploaded to Facebook, goes on to show him vomiting up the contents of the glass into a toilet. He then rescued the fish and took them to his grandmother’s house, where he put them in her fish bowl.

They survived and are still alive today, prosecutor Kevin Batch said.

However, Mr Batch said the RSPCA prosecution was in the public interest because of the level of “pre-meditation” involved.

Blowers’ lawyer said he did not realise what he did was illegal.

Blowers pleaded guilty to failing to protect the fish from suffering and failing to meeting their needs on February 8 this year.

Outside court, Blowers said he had not given the fish names.

He added: “I will see them again if I’m round my nan’s house. It was a stupid prank which has cost me a lot of money. I won’t do it again but my family are glad I didn’t do it with alcohol.”

 

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