- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Iranian-Americans are suing Petco, alleging the company refused to sell goldfish used to celebrate the Persian New Year.

City News Service says a Glendale man and two Camarillo residents filed the suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The three claim Petco stores in Van Nuys and Camarillo refused to sell them goldfish in March.

The fish are a traditional symbol of the spring celebration known as Nowruz (NOH-rooz) but critics say many of the fish wind up being neglected or thrown away.

The suit alleges that Petco ordered employees not to sell the fish to people of Persian descent during the festival period. It alleges violations of civil rights and the state business code.

Petco spokeswoman Lisa Stark says the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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