Feeds

NZ town cans rabbit-chucking contest

Kids' festival fun reduced to hunting pigs

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A New Zealand town has cancelled a rabbit-chucking contest in which local kids were invited to see how far they could hurl a lapine carcass.

The fun event was to have taken place this Saturday in the rural commmunity of Waiau, roughly 120km north of Christchurch, as part of the annual pig hunt. Any rabbits also killed during the festival were to be offered for projection to Waiau's under-14s.

However, the New Zealand Herald reports that NZ's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) slammed the spectacle as "desecration".

SPCA national chief exec Robyn Kippenberger said she had "no problem with people hunting and shooting rabbits - providing it was done humanely".

She explained: "This is something that encourages children to think of dead animals as fun. Rabbits are pests;* killing them is not fun, it's a necessity. Everyone deserves respect in life and death. If someone threw your grandmother after she died you wouldn't like it."

Pig hunt prez Jo Moriarty defended that Waiau was "a rural, hunting town and no one was worried about their children throwing dead animals".

She did, though, later report: "I have spoken to the other members of the committee and we have decided not to go ahead with it. The publicity will not be good for our community. We will be doing something else for the children, probably a beanbag-throwing competition."

If it's any consolation to the good burghers of Waiau, they're not the only rural community to have their animal-throwing activities curtailed. Manganeses de la Polvorosa, in the Spanish province of Zamora, may or may not enjoy its famous goat-chucking spectacle on 24 January next year.

The powers that be have made repeated attempts to prevent locals lobbing said (live) goat from the 15-metre church tower into, hopefully, a large sheet held by revellers below. The whole thing is supposed to be banned, but indignant townspeople may be planning to go ahead as tradition dictates. ®

Bootnote

*The New Zealand Herald notes that rabbits are a bit of a problem in NZ, as they are in Oz. They were unwisely introduced in the 1880s, and quickly reached "plague proportions", eating their way through the landscape.

Government attempts to stem the tide - including tackling the animals with dedicted hunters and diseases such as myxomatosis - have failed, and the feral rabbit population is currently estimated at around 30 million.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.