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article imageScience Experiment Gets TV Reporter in Hot Water When Guppies Die

By Sandy Sand     May 21, 2009 in Crime
Shampoo, rinse, repeat, unless you’re a television reporter doing a science experiment on camera to prove that chemicals in some hair products are toxic enough to kill fish…guppies in particular.
The experiment if done in a laboratory would have gone unnoticed, but when Danish consumer affairs reporter Lisbeth Koelster poured three-tenth of an ounce of anti-dandruff shampoo into a fish tank containing 13 guppies in 2004, a veterinarian watching the show called the cops and reported her for animal cruelty.
A dozen of the guppies died three days after the broadcast.
The judge who reviewed the case said Koelster knew the fish would die because the experiment was based on a similar laboratory test, but he did not fine her, saying the matter wasn’t brought to court until last week, therefore she was deprived of her rights to a speedy trial.
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