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Animal rights protestors have urged Poles to abandon their traditional Christmas carp to save live fish from agonising deaths before they're eaten.

Carp are usually eaten as one of the 12 courses of a Christmas Eve feast in Poland, with live fish bought at markets and often kept alive at home in sinks or buckets until the last minute.

But animal rights group Basta have asked locals to give up live fish and eat frozen carp instead.

"The fish are sold in plastic bags with very little water in them and they are in a lot of distress," said one campaigner.

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