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      PETA pushes to end Perrysburg's goldfish-eating tradition

      <p> <font size="2">Perrysburg High School has come under fire from PETA for continuing with a tradition whereby students swallow live goldfish before Maumee basketball games.</font> </p>

      Perrysburg High School has come under fire from an animal rights group for continuing with a tradition whereby students swallow live goldfish during basketball games against their rival.

      The Yellow Jackets' tradition is held when the team plays their rival from across the river, Maumee High School. Students eat live goldfish prior to the game; however, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says that violates Ohio's anti-cruelty laws.

      The organization says they have been contacted by local residents who are opposed to the action.

      The school says the practice is a tradition that creates high school memories. PETA says it is not only "grossly inhumane," but poses health risks to humans.

      District officials say the issue is being addressed and that the school's administration will make a decision on recommendations from student leaders.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)