A great-grandmother has been ordered to wear an electronic tag for breaching new animal welfare laws by selling a goldfish to a 14 year-old boy.
Joan Higgins, a pet shop owner, was caught selling the fish to the teenager in a 'sting' operation by council officials. She was then prosecuted in an eight month court process estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than £20,000.
Under new animal welfare laws, passed in 2006, it is it illegal to sell goldfish to under 16s. Offenders can be punished with up to 12 months in prison.
Torture humans? No problem!!
Invade non-aggressive countries, and kill innocents? No problem!!
Sell a goldfish to a 14 year-old? Slap 'em with a ten week curfew, an electronic tag, and 1750 in fines.