Carrefour To Stop Sale Of Live Carp In Its Stores

French supermarket chain Carrefour have announced that they will no longer sell live carp in their stores

Fish is of course an essential part of an authentic Polish Christmas-eve dinner, and carp is the traditional choice.

However, not everyone is a fan of the ‘tradition’ in which the fish purchased live, transported in tiny plastic bags, dropped into the bathtub and then killed on Christmas-eve.

The act of killing the fish just before cooking supposedly became commonplace during the beginning of the communist era, when there was a lack of fish to buy and few refrigerators in homes or shops. Despite things changing immeasurably since then, the ritual has established itself as a tradition in a number of Polish households.

Animal rights groups in Poland have long sought to end the practice, claiming that it causes huge and unnecessary pain towards the carp.

Carrefour came to their decision after mulling over the results of a survey they had commissioned. The researched showed that 67% of respondents intend to buy carp for Christmas, and nearly 40% of them still want to buy the fish live. This is due to these consumers desiring ‘fresh’ fish and having an attachment to tradition.

However, the research also showed that amount of people supporting a ban on the sale of live carp is growing year on year. At the same time, over 60% of respondents stated that if live carp is withdrawn from sale, they will just buy it in a different form.

Carrefour say that their withdrawal from the sale of live carp will be carried out in two stages. This Christmas the chain will completely abandon the sale of live carp in its stores. Then in 2021, Carrefour will not buy any live fish from its suppliers.

In recent times, supermarkets such as Biedronka, Lidl and Piotr i Pawel have withdrawn from selling live carp in their stores. Now that Carrefour have followed suit, E.Leclerc, Auchan, Kaufland, MAKRO and Selgros Cash&Carry will be the remaining major supermarkets and wholesalers that still sell live carp (provided they do not change their policy in the coming months).

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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