Following social media backlash, 1761 will no longer feature live Myliobatoidei
Bosses behind new Manchester restaurant 1761 have U-turned over plans to stock live stingrays in their 'huge' feature fish tanks, following backlash on social media.
Owner Phil Healey said that although they were confident the 180,000 litre tank "would provide the right amount of space", they had taken heed of comments.
"We don’t wish to upset or offend anyone and can see that there are people who would object," he said. "So this was the right choice for us.”
Since news of the restaurant launch broke earlier this month, many have taken to social media platforms to voice their objections. One commentator said: 'This seems a barbaric gimmick', while another wrote 'The world has moved on from using and abusing animals for entertainment'.
The restaurant name, 1761, is taken from the opening year of Manchester's Bridgewater Canal, which in turn sparked the Industrial Revolution - a momentous, world-changing event which inspired Healey to create something he felt was "truly of this city".
However, many failed to see how the fish - typically found in coastal tropical and subtropical marine waters - had anything to do with either the canal system or the city's heritage.
A spokesperson for the restaurant - due to open next month - told Confidential that other fish species will still be used. Which begs the question: where do you draw the line?
1761 and Lily's champagne bar opens next month. Follow them on Twitter.
Many took to social media to voice their objections...
@1761andLilysBar Can I ask you to please reconsider the cruelty of exhibiting stingrays as a cruel gimmick to get people into your venue?
— Greg Corpse 🎃 (@TheGregling) October 21, 2017
New MCR restaurant @1761andLilysBar will be "decorated" with captive sting rays. Unnecessary and cruel- definitely won't be visiting— Vicky Payne (@Victoria_Payne) October 15, 2017
Guys @1761andLilysBar PLEASE don't keep stingrays in your bar. It will be an awful life for them and bad for your business 😢
— Nadine West (@andiekarenina) October 21, 2017
Perhaps a bit much Dave...
Hey shit restaurant instead on imprisoning lovely stingrays in your giant water tank, why not drown yrselves in it? https://t.co/6caUlRknRT
— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) October 21, 2017
The restaurant responds to criticism...
We won’t be having stingrays. The tank is huge but don’t want to upset anyone at all.
— 1761 & Lily's Bar (@1761andLilysBar) October 21, 2017