Two men being investigated by RSPCA for eating live goldfish in Petbarn store

Two men being investigated by RSPCA for eating live goldfish The man shows his mouth is empty after swallowing the fish. Photo: Supplied
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The man points at the goldfish he is about to eat. Photo: Supplied

The man holds the goldfish in his hand before swallowing it. Photo: Supplied

The fish was vomited up outside the store. Photo: Supplied

TweetFacebookTwo men are being investigated by the RSPCA after they ate a live fish in a Sydney pet shop and posted the video online.

Vision of the stunt was uploaded to boxerKyron Dryden’s Facebook page, which was filmed at Petbarn in Penrith, has been watched more than sevenmillion times.

In the video, one of the men can be seen pointing at a goldfish in a tank and saying “let’s go that one there”.

A staff member scoops the fish out of the tank and puts in a plastic bag, before leaving to get elastic bands to seal the bag shut.

When she walks away, the man says “Is this the goldfish we want?” as he reaches into the bag, picks up the goldfish and swallows it whole while grimacing.

The Petbarn worker returns seconds later and looks into the empty bag as the men laugh.

In the next frame of the video, the man can be seen vomiting up the fish in the car park outside the store.

The video – which features each man performing stunts such as putting a cigarette out on their tongue – was posted to the Facebook page of boxerKyron Dryden on Tuesday.

RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David O’Shannessy said a “large number” of complaints were made to the RSPCA by members of the public.

He said the matter will be “thoroughly investigated”.

The fish was vomited up outside the store. Photo: Supplied

“It’s completely astounding how anyone could think it is funny to eat a live pet fish, where it would suffer a slow and painful death, all in a poor attempt at humour,” Mr O’Shannessysaid.

“The law is very clear around protections for fish and other sentient beings under the legislation.”

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979, animal cruelty is punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both.

In a statement, Petbarn chief executive Martin Nicholas said the company is “deeply upset at the treatment of animals in this video”.

The man holds the goldfish in his hand before swallowing it.Photo: Supplied

“The wellbeing and welfare of pets is of the utmost importance to us and core to our values,” he said.

“Our team is investigating this upsetting episode further.

“We have reported the incident to the RSPCA and will fully co-operate in action that can be taken.”

The Sydney Morning Herald