The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says they will talk to the school – Colyton School in Manawatu – after they held the contest on September 12 in which pupils picked up possum corpses by the tail and hurled them as far as they could.
While possums are a protected species in neighbouring Australia, in New Zealand – to which they are not native – they’re regarded as a pest.
But the school he experienced a backlash against the possum-tossing since pictures of the event appeared in a local newspaper last week. Critics say that the event teaches children to disrespect animals.
‘While it’s technically not illegal, it’s morally wrong to throw a dead animal around,’ the SPCA’s Danny Auger said to the Manawatu Standard. ‘It’s about time that people wake up and smell 2010 and realise that these sorts of things shouldn’t be happening.’
The school’s principal insisted that the possum-throwing helped teach children how to humanely destroy possums, and was part of ‘letting kids be kids’.
Helps children learn how to humanely destroy possums? Seriously? Wow.