New Zealand Cancels Dead Rabbit Toss Competition

180px-JumpingRabbit.JPGIt appears that you have missed your chance to participate in the annual Dead Rabbit Throw competition in New Zealand. Animal welfare activists seem to have found it somehow distasteful to have families try to throw dead rabbits the farthest.

The annual “Rabbit Throw” was held in the town of Waiau but was cancelled after a concerted campaign by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Organiser Jo Moriarty claims banning the bunny contest is “political correctness gone mad”.

One of the charity’s inspectors, Charles Cadwallader, asked: “Do you throw your dead grandmother around for a joke at her funeral?” Organizers are now looking into Cadwallader’s suggestion. (The idea of synthetic bunnies is not appealing to the rabbit-tossing set).

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28 thoughts on “New Zealand Cancels Dead Rabbit Toss Competition”

  1. Reminds me of the ban on (live) Dwarf Throwing in the UK some years ago.
    One enterprising Dwarf (you may prefer the term Person Of Restricted Growth) had made a successful living out of being thrown and took the government to court in an attempt to overturn the ban. Sadly he lost.
    No person is harmed, the bunny is already dead and will probably be eaten by someones dog at the end of the event. I don’t have a problem with this. If you don’t like it then don’t participate.
    Tom. Being thrown possibly may tenderise the meat a little, however I am no culinery genius!

  2. “Shades of the Afghan games where they play polo with a goat’s head.”

    It isn’t played with the head – you have to reach down, grab and carry the whole dead goat while galloping at full speed while other guys try to take the goat corpse from you. Not personally my idea of fun, but it’s pretty bada**.

    But back on topic – does tossing bunnies make them yummier? I doubt it, therefore, I am against it.

  3. Elaine M.,

    You are a fine lady indeed. Metrics? I have enough problems with the SAE.

  4. AY–

    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    I would add that you need to work on your metrics. Your rhythm is a bit off in places.

  5. Elaine M.,

    If I may add to your beautiful verbiage.

    Rabbits here,
    Rabbits there,
    Rabbits scattered everywhere
    Rabbits flying through the air.

    Projectile bunnies
    Meant for Human Dummies and
    Not in your tummy.

    Hare Tossed for sport—
    Take another snort
    That’s entertainment of ANOTHER sort.

    Grab a leg or grab an ear,
    Load them up and fly em through the air.
    All of the bunnies have gotta be outta there
    Because the SPCA is here.

    Join us in
    A fine tradition:
    The Last dead hare tossing competition.

    I hope you don’t mind.

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