Goldfish eater denies animal cruelty

Goldfish eater denies animal cruelty

Goldfish eater denies animal cruelty

Goldfish eater denies animal cruelty

First published in Weird news Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Assistant Editor

A man threatened with criminal prosecution after he ate a live goldfish has denied animal cruelty and said the RSPCA is wasting its time pursuing him.

Former youth worker Louis Cole, 28, who lives in Roehampton, is being investigated for animal cruelty by the RSPCA after it saw the latest film he uploaded on his Youtube channel.

In the video he smiles at the camera as he says he is about to eat his pet goldfish.

He bites it on the head while its tail wriggles and after retching a few times, he swallows the dead fish down before commenting that it tasted bitter.

Mr Cole told the Elmbridge Guardian he was against the cruel treatment of animals but compared a video of Bear Grylls, in which he said the TV explorer ate a live salmon, with his latest feat.

He said: “I had it in my possession for one hour. Up until eating it, I treated it well, humanely, and it did not suffer in any way.

“It died a quicker and more painless death than most fish that are eaten endure.”

He said: “I don’t ever torture animals on my channel and although they are killed for food it is as swiftly as I can. Some people complain about them being eaten alive.

“I guess I could stab them in the head but this would be no quicker or less painful than using my teeth.”

Mr Cole, who was brought up in Cobham, also said his videos on his Food For Louis Youtube channel had sparked debate about the ethics of eating meat.

“The welfare of these animals is often dreadful. I think some people don’t want to face the fact that to eat meat, animals have to die, often badly,” he said.

He also defended himself from claims he was simply aiming to garner publicity, saying: “This has never been a desperate attempt at fame and although it has drawn a lot of attention it wasn’t planned.”

So far he has eaten a live scorpion, tarantula, locusts, dead mice and a frog he found floating in an American river, but none of them were deemed protected as they were not vertebrates like a goldfish.

The maximum sentence for cruelty to animals is a fine of £20,000 or six months in prison.

The RSPCA said in a letter to Mr Cole, which he posted on his Facebook wall at the weekend saying “I’m in SERIOUS trouble!”, that he was being investigated for animal cruelty.

It said: “If we cannot speak to you on a voluntary basis, you give us no other choice than to request the police arrest you in order to interview you.”

But Mr Cole said: "I respect the work the RSPCA do and find it disappointing they are wasting their time pursuing this matter."

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10:59pm Mon 23 Apr 12

jilly1 says...

Effing weirdo
Effing weirdo jilly1
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8:14am Tue 24 Apr 12

emelem says...

it is not necessary to eat goldfish (or live scorpions, tarantulas, locusts, dead mice or frogs) (i'm a vegetarian, so not a hypocrite, and won't be going out for a steak after posting this...).

nice one, guardian, for providing a link to the video of him eating the scorpion. way to encourage this nonsense.

this guy needs to look into other forms of "entertainment". what is he, 5? influenced by something he saw on tv, lame! time to get a thought process of your own, louis.

“This has never been a desperate attempt at fame and although it has drawn a lot of attention it wasn’t planned.” um, if you not only posted it on you tube, but made a channel, yes it was.

how would he like to be eaten? head bitten first then swallowed whole? if he says he wouldn't mind, he's a liar, and so this is just plain unnecessary, let alone cruelty.
it is not necessary to eat goldfish (or live scorpions, tarantulas, locusts, dead mice or frogs) (i'm a vegetarian, so not a hypocrite, and won't be going out for a steak after posting this...). nice one, guardian, for providing a link to the video of him eating the scorpion. way to encourage this nonsense. this guy needs to look into other forms of "entertainment". what is he, 5? influenced by something he saw on tv, lame! time to get a thought process of your own, louis. “This has never been a desperate attempt at fame and although it has drawn a lot of attention it wasn’t planned.” um, if you not only posted it on you tube, but made a channel, yes it was. how would he like to be eaten? head bitten first then swallowed whole? if he says he wouldn't mind, he's a liar, and so this is just plain unnecessary, let alone cruelty. emelem
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9:41am Wed 25 Apr 12

SollyAtwell says...

He needs to be in secure accomodation. Oh, and Guardian, take down the video.
He needs to be in secure accomodation. Oh, and Guardian, take down the video. SollyAtwell
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9:43am Wed 25 Apr 12

SollyAtwell says...

He needs to be in secure accomodation. Oh, and Guardian, take down the video.
He needs to be in secure accomodation. Oh, and Guardian, take down the video. SollyAtwell
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9:47am Wed 25 Apr 12

emelem says...

the you tube video has been added, david lindsell is being a smartass.
the you tube video has been added, david lindsell is being a smartass. emelem
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12:16am Thu 26 Apr 12

SarahOX14 says...

"So far he has eaten a live scorpion, tarantula, locusts, dead mice and a frog he found floating in an American river, but none of them were deemed protected as they were not vertebrates like a goldfish."

Ha! So what they taught me in zoology lectures about mice and frogs having backbones was all rubbish!
"So far he has eaten a live scorpion, tarantula, locusts, dead mice and a frog he found floating in an American river, but none of them were deemed protected as they were not vertebrates like a goldfish." Ha! So what they taught me in zoology lectures about mice and frogs having backbones was all rubbish! SarahOX14
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