Margaret Beckett Goldfish fair ban axed

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FISHY plans to stop youngsters from winning goldfish at fairgrounds have been quietly dropped.

Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett has bowed to pressure from fellow ministers who feared the measure would expose the Government to accusations of running a “nanny state”.

The ban was to be part of the Animal Welfare Bill amid fears that many fish won by children are flushed down the toilet when they are no longer wanted.

But the Financial Times reported that the legislation is now set to be amended in compromise which will allow children to take away fish as prizes, if they are with someone over 16.

A spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed officials were working on changes to the bill.

“Obviously that is something ministers have been talking to each other about,” she said.

“We have been widely consulting on the bill. We have had a number of recommendations and we are working on parts of the bill to take account of those consultations and recommendations.”

She also stressed there were no plans for a ban on angling after Parliament last year finally outlawed fox hunting.
 

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Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett stressed there were no plans for a ban on angling after Parliament last year finally outlawed fox hunting.

However she is a Labour politico and therefore allowed to lie like a cheap NAAFI wrist-watch with the blessing of The Glorious Leader.
 

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