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Wednesday, 19 October 2005

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Sydney - A toy that encourages young men to "Choke the Chicken" sends a terrible message to them, according to members of the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Rubber Animals, "and should be outlawed." Boys should taught to give their chicken a pleasing neck massage with baby oil, or hand lotion instead.

Infuriated by a cheap Taiwanese toy chicken known as the "Strangler" or "BTK chicken" that squawks, gasps for air, and flaps its wings as it is being strangled has RSPCA members arguing for a bill outlawing the choking chicken, at least in this province.

Choking the chicken publicly is "grossly irresponsible" and sends a very confusing message to young boys, a spokesman for a leading animal welfare group said Tuesday.

The rubber chicken is manufactured by a Taiwanese company and is widely available in toy and electronics stores across Australia. It was originally marketed for adults who have difficulty with painful self-stimulation, for use in theraputic settings. "Whatever your hostility, your anger over your sexuality, this safe, latex chicken will let you work it out, or even beat it to death, without injury or a trip to the ER.":

A vidieo on the website description of the "BTK" chicken says: "Watch serial murderer Dennis Rader grab him by the neck and he will squawk and cluck like mad, flapping his wings and feet wildly as if he is really being choked. "You can do the crime, and not have to do the time" added Rader, currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences at El Dorado Correctional facility.

Michael Beatmeat, a spokesman for the Queensland state branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Chicken Choking said the toy was "grossly irresponsible" and sent the entirely wrong message to young men.

He asked, "What's next? Fluffy the flammable cat? Max the gunshy dog?" Beatty said. "Children of that age are likely to turn around and try the same thing on their pet bird or even the cat or dog. Then they're going to wonder why they became serial killers when they get all growed up.

"This is a toy that is used to relieve stress, said it's manufacturer. Everybody needs to choke the chicken now and then, even married guys."

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