SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Do goldfish have rights? How is that for a serious question? What is much more interesting are the challenging questions: does it really take magic to make 6 goldfish swim in formation? Can’t they be trained and how long does it take even without talent? What does David Copperfield have to say?
Magician Fu Yandong’s nationally televised trick involving synchronized-swimming goldfish has attracted the attention of animal rights activists in China. They are claiming cruelty and now there is an uproar that has forced the state-run television to cancel a repeat performance this evening. Most claim that the trick can only happen if their are magnets placed inside the fish.
But Fu Yandong refuses to show how the trick works (it is a professional secret) and claims ”My fish (are) living happily.” I believe him! Besides, he has to earn a living, and in China the infant mortality rate, the number of people living below the poverty line and the lack of human rights (just to name a few issues) are certainly more pressing concerns…
In anycase, who the fuck really cares? I regularly buy goldfish for my nephew (they are cheap) and even when the cat snacks on them nobody really gets upset. I just buy some more…The animal rights groups really have misplaced their ethical compass!
China magic fish trick sparks outrage
(AFP) – Thursday
BEIJING — A Chinese magician has sparked outrage from animal rights groups with a trick in which he gets goldfish to swim in sync, prompting China’s state broadcaster to cancel an encore performance Thursday.
However, a separate regional broadcaster said magician Fu Yandong would perform the controversial trick again on Thursday night — and reveal its secret so as to silence his critics.
Fu dazzled audiences two weeks ago with the trick and had planned a repeat performance Thursday on a Lunar New Year holiday show on China Central Television (CCTV).
A CCTV spokeswoman told AFP he would not perform on the show, declining to give further details.
Animal rights activists cried foul over the stunt, saying Fu had likely fed the fish magnets — or implanted them in the fish — so they could be dragged around their tank from underneath.
They said the trick amounted to animal cruelty.
Fu’s agent Liang Ming also was quoted by the China Daily saying he would not perform the trick.
The CCTV gala marks the end of the Lantern Festival, which signifies the conclusion of China’s roughly two-week Lunar New Year holiday, the nation’s biggest and most important festival.
Fu had been billed as one of the highlights of the Lantern Festival show.
Hundreds of millions of viewers watched Fu perform the trick two weeks earlier on CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala, China’s most watched programme of the year.
The trick — which can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0cAMAy-WL4 — involves six fish in a shallow tank on a covered table, who swim in formation at Fu’s command.
Fu has so far refused to reveal the secret.
“My fish,” he wrote on his microblog, are “living happily”.
But his assurances have failed to quell the controversy.
In an open letter on Monday, 53 Chinese non-governmental organisations urged TV stations not to broadcast Fu’s act in the future, and demanded the trick not be repeated during CCTV’s Lantern Festival special.
The groups expressed fears the trick could lead to animals being tortured if viewers tried to copy it.
“Fu Yandong, based on the tradition of secrecy in the world of magic, refuses to reveal what lies under his trick. So the public remains unclear whether the fishes’ safety is assured,” the letter said.
But regional broadcaster Hunan Television, which has booked Fu to perform live for its own Lantern Festival special, said on its website Thursday he would perform the trick on the show and reveal the secret.