Showmen's Guild disappointed after animals are banned by council as prizes at mid-lent fair in Stamford
The organisation which runs the Mid-Lent Fair in Grantham says it is disappointed that live animals have been banned as prizes.
The Showman's Guild reacted after South Kesteven District Council voted for the ban last week.
The ban will mean that goldfish cannot be given as prizes at the annual fairs in Grantham and Stamford.
The council voted to ban the award of live animals as prizes, in any form, on land that it owns.
After a free vote, members also agreed to write to the Government calling for an outright ban on the award of live animals as prizes on all public and private land.
The Showmen’s Guild treasurer, Colin Pawley, said: "I am disappointed by this motion and the fact that no one contacted the Guild for our view. We take our responsibilities on animal welfare seriously. By banning this, the authority is depriving many young children the pleasure of keeping a goldfish."
Mr Pawley went on to say that he has been a showman all his life and has never had any complaints about the care of our goldfish.
Councillor Louise Clack (Lab) raised concern about the number of cases reported to the RSPCA regarding animals given as prizes at fairs, via social media and through other channels.
Her motion was seconded by the Council and Conservative Group leader, Coun Kelham Cooke, while the Independent Group leader Coun Paul Wood and Coun Amanda Wheeler (Lib Dem) also gave their support.
The guild says nationwide 100,000 goldfish are bred by a specialist supplier as prizes. Guild members have to abide by their strict code which states that any member who gives goldfish as prizes shall keep them in suitable containers. Fish shall be awarded to a successful competitor kept in a container not less then four inches in diameter.
Under current legislation in England it is only an offence to give away an animal as a prize if the recipient is under 16 and not accompanied by an adult.