People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Tuesday asked the Terra Ceia Village Improvement Association to cancel plans to hold a "mullet toss" in which contestants throw dead fish into a toilet bowl.
The toss is set to take place during the Terra Ceia Island Annual Mullet Smoke-Off on Nov. 12.
In the letter, PETA points out that fish "are sensitive animals who feel pain just as all animals do and that scooping them up in a net, allowing them to slowly suffocate to death, and then tossing their bodies into a toilet sends the reckless message that killing another being for the sake of a petty game is acceptable," a news release states.
PETA said it learned of the event following complaints from local residents.
"If it would be wrong to make a game out of tossing dead kittens and puppies into a toilet, then it's wrong to do it with fish," saidPETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Terra Ceia could easily toss horseshoes, bean bags, or bocce balls instead of the bodies of animals who have been pulled from their homes and suffocated to death."