I heard the craziest story on the radio this morning on the way to work.  Apparently in London, there are harsh rules governing the sale of live fish! Who knew?

Granny fined £1,000 for selling goldfish to a child

LONDON — A grandmother was fined £1,000 and electronically tagged for selling a goldfish to a child, triggering a wave of derision about the over-zealous use of animal protection laws.

As well as the fine, pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, was given a dusk-to-dawn curfew and forced to wear an electronic tag for selling an animal to a person under the age of 16, in a ruling slammed by her son as a farce.

The pair were prosecuted after the Trafford Council in Manchester sent a 14-year-old boy to buy a goldfish in a “sting” operation following reports that their shop, Majors Pets, had sold a gerbil to a teenager with learning difficulties.

Neither Higgins nor her son Mark, 47, asked the boy’s age nor how he planned on caring for the fish, prosecutors said.

“I think it’s a farce and legal lunacy and I told the council that,” said Mark Higgins, who was also fined and ordered to do 120 hours of community service.

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