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. duh

    peta is for crazy people.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. feedfish

    used to buy these by the dozen to feed my tiger oscars, they are gold colored minnows>>>bait

    November 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mardy

    There is something really fishy about this...

    November 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fingirero

    This is the web...
    An almost complete library of the human knowledge...
    Might wanna spend some time surfing for facts before posting dumb comments...

    November 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    Dear PETA:


    November 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. i rock u dont

    Put you whiny peta wimps in the water and watch you melt while we eat the fish with tartar sauce and beer

    November 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    As stated earlier these fish will die in tap water

    November 12, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    If you look closely at the conference tables during all of these types of meetings
    there is always bottled water on the tables in front of all the atendees.The Gold Fish are an Asia touch of what they see as being sophisticated.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frank


    November 12, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    As i started to say,If they are worried about a poison that could be absorbed through the skin after the leaders wash their hands in the head,then the fish idea may hold water.But they would probably know theres a problem if people were dropping dead in the city outside the conference center.At this point in time nothing could shock me.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Timmy


    November 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sean B.

    This is stupid. Why not simply extract some of the water and give it some chemical tests?

    November 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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