PETA Looks for Punishment
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was appalled to hear that two high school students swallowed goldfish as part of a practical joke.

The animal rights group calls the action animal cruelty and is pressuring the school district to increase punishment against the students.

The boys performed the prank at a school assembly to fulfill a promise made if one of the students was elected as a class officer. The two were punished with a stern lecture from a school official.

PETA says the punishment doesn't fit the crime. The group is urging Federal Way Public School system in Washington to ban the use of live animals in school functions.

PETA opposes the use of animals for school functions regardless of the situation, said U.S. Sportsmens Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. It even promotes a campaign urging schools to stop the use of live animal mascots.

Source: U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
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