A chicken toy that squawks and clucks "like mad, flapping his wings and feet wildly" when strangled is widely available in toy and electronics stores across Australia. It is marketed for kids over 3 years old.
Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the Queensland state branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the toy was "grossly irresponsible" and sent the wrong message to young children. "What's next? Burn a cat? Shoot a dog?"
Jaycar's Managing Director Gary Johnstone said, "I would have thought they would have better things to do like saving real animals from cruelty. This is a toy that is used to relieve stress, it's meant to be a bit of a giggle."