The main attraction at an exhibition of graduate art, Fred happily lazed about in his tailor-made home at Camden Arts Centre in London yesterday, oblivious to the debate raging around him.
The animal rights group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) believes Fred has a raw deal. "Forcing a fish to exist in a small tank, under bright lights, without other fish for company, is plainly cruel," Toni Vernelli, a spokeswoman, said. Bill Swann, the RSPCA's assistant chief veterinary officer, said goldfish owners should mimic a fish's environment.
However Fred's owner, James Chinneck, 22, said: "I can't understand what all the fuss is about. I'm trying to make an artistic statement and Fred couldn't be happier."Reuse content