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10/24/2005 10:28 AM ID: 50848 Permalink   

Choking the Chicken Sends the Wrong Message to Kids


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."

    WebReporter: manilaryce Show Calling Card      
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  We have one of these in our office  
It's like those stupid singing fish. very annoying.

Somehow I just don't see kids who enjoy strangling an abviously cartoonish chicken are going to feel motivated to go out into farms and start doing the real thing.

  by: sparky_fox   10/24/2005 12:03 PM     
i've been choking the chicken for years and no animals have ever been hurt as a result.
  by: manilaryce     10/24/2005 12:27 PM     
  I think it sounds like a good idea  
makes a great substitute for choking the guy who cut you off on the freeway.
  by: Jaded Fox     10/24/2005 12:59 PM     
  @ jaded fox  
thats what games like unreal tournament are for....
  by: ganjaman22     10/24/2005 01:39 PM     
  He he he  
I thought you were referring to masturbation when I read the title.
  by: RoBBoB     10/24/2005 02:37 PM     
  Do they get upset about...  
people spanking the monkey too?
  by: justaperson     10/24/2005 02:55 PM     
  I’ve been doing the real thing  
since I was a kid. Now I have to pay for a fake one to choke? What I really want to know is HOW DO THEY TASTE?
  by: Valkyrie123     10/24/2005 03:27 PM     
  Oh man...  
Grown a spine Beatty you wussy attention whore.

As the MD said, I'm sure glad this clown is giving interviews about rubber chickens rather than stopping real animal cruelty.
  by: koultunami     10/24/2005 03:37 PM     
This sort of toy should not be marketed to kids.

Kids being stupid as they are (i was a stupid kid) will probably try to imitate what they do.

This toy is alright as a stress releaver - but kids who are over 3?
  by: Azzamean   10/24/2005 03:51 PM     
  I thought you meant the "other chicken"  
maybe that's why I need glasses!! To much choking the chicken when I was young. :)
  by: hoz     10/24/2005 06:50 PM     

No child is going to strangle the fake cicken, and think its ok to strangle the real one.

God help us when operation becomes popular again, we'll have kids performing surgery on each other.....
  by: Domo1 MkII   10/24/2005 08:29 PM     
  It's OK with me  
With the high rates of teen pregnancy and STD's these days we should be encouraging kids to choke their chickens.
  by: etown411   10/24/2005 08:42 PM     
"maybe that's why I need glasses!! Too much choking the chicken when I was young."
Liar!! Are you implying that you stopped?
  by: kmazzawi     10/24/2005 11:29 PM     
  ...uhm sorry  
Australia would like to say sorry for our toy that would ulimately lead to hundreds of cases of choked cats, dogs, mice and other animals. Still I had a case where a dad's friends son sat, poked, pull, pushed and crushed my mom's cat..the only reason why I was letting it happen was that the cat would just burst in a fit of rage and make train tracks all over his toddler face. Didn't happen, it was one of those cats that take it and run off...the time will come though.
  by: Mr-Anderson   10/25/2005 04:33 AM     
  Bring on Burn a Cat and Shoot a Dog  
I'm so keen for Christmas presents now screw animal activists they suck
  by: Lobdaddy   10/25/2005 04:44 AM     
  over 3  
taking it too literal. The label is saying that its safe for kids over 3, its not saying go buy one for your 4 year old to practice on. Its just saying that if you have one, you need not worry around a 4+ year old.
  by: mentally ill   10/25/2005 07:04 AM     
  The Sky is Falling!  
Some random school-child will pounce on your chickens when you least expect it! Have you ever tried to catch a damn chicken? I haven't bothered. They are nasty and covered in feathers and poo on you.

Besides-- you can squeeze Frank Purdue's plump chicken breasts any time you want to relieve yourself of stress. (or choke your own chicken in the privacey of your own bedroom. *sqwauk sqwuak! Cough cough! Sputter sputter!*

Choking versus eating chickens... which is worse? MMMmmmm... McNuggets.

  by: theironboard     10/25/2005 08:55 AM     
  I've tried  
There was a rooster living on our street when I was a kid. I think I spent the better part of a summer trying to catch that bird. Aside from being pretty damn fast it was decently smart to.
  by: jaded fox     10/25/2005 10:38 AM     
  @jaded fox  
was jaded fox out foxed by a rooster? perhaps you should try choking a chicken instead of spending your summers chasing after cocks.

(sorry, i just had to let my mind play in the gutter for awhile)
  by: manilaryce     10/25/2005 10:48 AM     
  oi oi oi.  
The gutter is a fun place to play in, 'specially with all the raw-sewage.

  by: theironboard     10/25/2005 11:23 AM     
  Since we're talking about chasing chickens...  
Here a funny flash movie.

Be sure to read the side comments.
  by: jaded fox     10/25/2005 12:19 PM     
  What IS next?  
"What's next? Burn a cat? Shoot a dog?"

Hmm, people with braincells seems more like a scary concept.

My dad was raised around a typical working class family, his dad used to kill ALL animals in order to eat and feed the family. My dad saw LOADS of animals killed in order to suvive does he kill animals for the fun of it now? Does he 'burn cats' or 'Shoot dogs'?

Of course he bloody doesnt!
  by: know_your_rights   10/26/2005 02:39 AM     
  Don't Choke No More Chickens!!!  
  by: etown411   10/26/2005 10:38 PM     
  @ etown411  
It's my chicken I'll choke it if I want to.
  by: ichi     10/27/2005 04:29 AM     
  just remember.......  
every time you choke the chicken, bob barker kills a kitten.
  by: elijah4twenty     10/30/2005 02:15 AM     
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