November 11th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

G-20 security includes goldfish

A goldfish stands guard this week in a tank at the G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea.

Security officials at the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, have deployed 50,000 police and soldiers, plus an elite water security unit: six goldfish.

Security officials placed six goldfish inside a tank supplying toilet water to the conference, the Mirror of London, England, reported. The officials will watch the fish for signs of illness or poisoning in an effort to protect the conferees, according to the Mirror.

An animal rights group is up in arms over the use of the finned defenders.

"There are a variety of modern scientific methods that would better protect world leaders and keep fish from enduring agonizing deaths from contaminated water," Tracy Reiman, executive vice president for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a letter to conference organizers.

"After all, the fish cannot tell you specifically what might be wrong with the water," she added.

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  1. CaptainObvious

    Sorry ripped *off

    November 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. molly

    So a goldfish in toilet water is the same as a canary in a coldmine....interesting.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • molly

      woops...meant coal mine.

      November 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fishylova

    hehehe i luv fishys :):):):):):):):):):):):):)::):):):):):):):)

    November 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fishylova

    🙂 😀 😦 😉

    November 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fishylova

    molly do you like

    November 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fishylova

    FISH!!!!!! 😀

    November 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Before y'all get worked up about how stupid this sounds, remember that CNN usually gets about half their facts wrong anyway.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hello

    CNN, you got it all wrong! It's People Eating Tasty Animals. FFS!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello

      Wait, sorry. I got that wrong. It's People Endangering Tasty Animals.

      November 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Texas806

    These G20 summits are for the Evil leaders of the world.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cesar

    I had a goldfish once. It died.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Miuki

    I think its a stupid idea!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    From the film "A FIsh Called Wanda"

    SPOILER: The fish that Kevin Kline eats are made out of Jello. Kline claims that he offered to eat real, live fish, but the filmmakers wouldn't let him.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. EJ

    You'd think it would be easier just to train Tim Geithner to stop drinking out of the toilet. Then again, I hear he's barely even housebroken.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DudeWheresMyAmerica

    Hey PETA, I just flushed a human down a response?

    November 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick

    First of all, I think all of this is very important. Would you really want your pee and poop to be flushed into the sewer with anything but pure drinking water quality? Not me. I want and except the best for my body waste. All of this does come at a price. The fish need to be monitored. Those monitoring the fish need to be trained and certified. There also must be fish monitoring supervisors who also need to file reports twice a day. And you wonder why your taxes are so high and the government has no money.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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