A competition in which children hurl dead rabbits over great distances has been canceled in rural New Zealand following extensive complaints from animal rights groups.
The RSPCA argues that the event teaches children to entertain themselves with dead animals.
“Do you throw your dead grandmother around for a joke at her funeral?” asks animal cruelty inspector Charles Cadwallader.
Pig hunter Jo Moriarty begs to differ, commenting, “You know, the children of the community here are fantastic. They love their animals.”
According to tradition, the rabbit-throwing contest marks the inception of the town pig hunt in Waiau, where pigs are regarded as a delicacy but rabbits are viewed with suspicion.
Over 30 million wild rabbits roam New Zealand, terrorizing the populace and exacting $22 million worth of damage.
The All-Blacks are New Zealand's first line of defense against wild rabbits.