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Man Swallowed Goldfish In NekNominate Dare
A 22-year-old man has become the first person to be prosecuted in the UK for the internet drinking game NekNominate after downing a goldfish.
In a video posted on Facebook, Gavin Hope can be seen emptying lager into a pint glass, followed by some chilli, a strong spirit and and a fresh egg.
He then showed his pet goldfish to the camera in a separate glass of water and swallowed it before downing the alcoholic cocktail.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "Eating a live animal and posting a video of it online for entertainment is not some light-hearted joke. It is unacceptable.
"The RSPCA takes the use of animals in these NekNominate challenges very seriously.
"We urge people not to involve animals in this horrible craze and to report to us anyone who is on our cruelty line 0300 1234 999."
Hope, from Gateshead in Tyne and Wear, was fined £300 after admitting animal cruelty.
According to the RSPCA, Gateshead Magistrates' Court heard Hope was ashamed of what he did and claimed it had been an impulsive act which would not be repeated.