Victory! Bundoran Adventure Park Stops Giving Away Goldfish as Prizes

For Immediate Release:

14 August 2018


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Letter Prompts End of Cruel Practice at County Donegal Funfair

Bundoran, Co Donegal – After learning from PETA that goldfish taken home from funfairs are likely to die within days as the victims of unintentional neglect or deliberate cruelty at the hands of people who aren’t properly prepared to care for them, Bundoran Adventure Park has confirmed that it’ll no longer give goldfish away as prizes. In an e-mail to PETA, the park’s marketing manager, Taralouise McCaughey, said, “[W]e will stop giving [goldfish] away right away. We had already discussed and planned to do so.”

“By banning the use of goldfish as prizes, Bundoran Adventure Park has set a positive example for fairgrounds across Ireland,” says PETA Outreach Coordinator Teodora Zglimbea. “This decision sends the message that fish, like all animals, are worthy of consideration and that cruelty to any individual, no matter how small, must not be tolerated.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that goldfish are intelligent, social animals who communicate, cooperate, use tools, and can recognise different humans. They’re often bred in giant tubs, kept in conditions that are a far cry from their natural habitat, and condemned to live in small bowls that don’t afford them enough space or oxygen.

The group’s letter to the park is available here. For more information, please visit