Café customer swallows live goldfish in Ostend, manager files complaint

    The goldfish swim around in an aquarium on the counter of Filips Place in Ostend. Camera images show how the customer takes a goldfish from the aquarium, puts it in his glass of beer and then swallows the fish with loud cheers. The manager subsequently filed a complaint against the customer.

    Severe penalties

    The Ostend police confirm that a complaint has been received, and that they have also drawn up a report for violations of animal welfare. It would be a 28-year-old man from Oudenburg. He risks severe penalties: eight days to five years in prison and fines between 52 euros and 100,000 euros.