Eating a live goldfish is a criminal offence, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has warned the public.
The organisation issued the warning following the recent ‘Neknomination’ craze, an online drinking dare that escalated to some participants including live goldfish in their drinks.
A YouTube video showing a woman putting a live goldfish into an alcoholic drink and drinking it was spotted online as part of the ‘Neknomination’ challenge.
The ISPCA said it had received a number of calls about the videos where it appeared that the popular pet fish were being swallowed alive.
They also said that the videos are under investigation.
“This is one more reason, among many, why there should be great concern about this phenomenon,” ISPCA Chief inspector Conor Dowling said in a statement.
“Eating any live animal and posting it on a social media site is not funny. It is unacceptable and is sending out a message that animal cruelty is okay”.