The initiator of the competition was the local school, and the participants, respectively, of its students. More than 120 children provided the public with a variety of exposure dressed up dead animals. In this children's fantasy played out in earnest: possums appeared in a variety of images — from boxer to sunbathing on the beach. And some animals have even been painted claws.
In the end, the winners were the three most creative children: Hannah Harrison (in the category of up to 6 years), Lydia Hansen (in the category of 6 to 9 years) and Levi Oksenhem (in the category of 10 to 14 years).
However, after local media told the story, the Internet erupted stormy debate. "Teach the children to kill, and then dress up the dead bodies for fun — one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen" — said one of the Internet users.
In addition, conducted a poll on the subject shows that quite a large part of New Zealand society was of the view that the competition — it's a bit "too much." 57% insisted that it is inhuman. However, 43% of respondents still felt the incident harmless entertainment.
Worried about going on a Eruti and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). «SPCA focuses on teaching children respect and compassion for animals, and they (the school) do not do it," — said the press secretary of the organization Powles Jackie Smith. — Animals deserve respect even after death. "
In turn, the director of the school in Eruti Pauline Sutton said that the event was fantastic and at school it has received only positive feedback. "The crowd was just amazing, it was really fun — she added. — We have received many phone calls from hunters and locals: they all admired how wonderful, in their view, has turned a holiday. "
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