School Children Dress Up Dead Animals in Bizarre Competition

Fund-raising school competitions usually involve cake baking and sporting events, but at one particular school in New Zealand it’s all about dressing dead possums in funny outfits for a bizarre best dressed furry animal contest.

Looking at the photos taken at the¬†Uruti School, on New Zealand’s North Island, you’d think this was a taxidermy competition, but in reality, the furry corpses were part of a weird display of dead possums, for a charity event. Basically, small children let their imagination run wild and tried to dress the furry critters as best they could. One was actually skinned to look like a posing boxer, while others sported bikini costumes and princess dresses. As you can imagine, the event enraged animal welfare groups who accused the school of encouraging cruelty to animals, but the teachers defended it saying it was “lots of fun”and that it helped raise $6,000 for the school.”There was an amazing crowd and it was lots of fun. Animals aren’t the only species who are dressed up after they die. We do it to humans too,” Principal¬†Pauline Sutton told the Taranaki Daily News.

“Animals deserve respect, whether they’re wild, domestic or pets. We encourage empathy [for] all animals, even when they’re dead, and it’s a shame that a school is encouraging its children to do this.” an animals welfare group spokesperson commented about the weird spectacle. The possum may be just a cute furry animal to you, but it’s an introduced species in New Zealand, and it’s regarded as a pest. Apparently killing possums has become sort of a national sport in the island country. Regardless of its status, I fail to see how encouraging children to play with dead animals in this way can be considered OK. It helped raise money for the school, but I’m sure there are less morbid ways to do it




via Daily Mail

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  • Alexandre Posted on August 6, 2012

    Exist a big risk of be contaminated with Anthrax

  • Sam Borsman Posted on August 8, 2012

    Agree with article. These children will learn no respect for animals or life in general from this sick event.

  • Estelle Posted on August 11, 2012

    Honestly I am from rural NZ and went to rural school I have been to pig hunting comps my team came in second at a possum hunt killing 240 possums over 2 days I ahve done eeling comps and have family that hunt eatten bush meat and all that. Now did it effect me? Lets see I have a managery of animals I love animals to bits mine are all very well looked after I have a diploma in Vet nursing I work as a full time vet nurse looking after sick and injured animals I suport green peace and whisper and the SPCA I spend a lot of time educating people in the treatment of animals… I would still shoot a possum but we dont have any on our property shoot rabbits (and own pet rabbits) support pig hunting (own pet bigs as well and love them to pits) and goats and deer. So did it effect me? No. My sister? No. The kids I went to school with? No. As long as the pussoms were killed humanly which they would have been there is nothing wrong. Now if they were being horible to them thats a diffrent sotry but dress up? Like a doll? How is that being mean? Got a problem about dressing up dead animals what do you think about all the people who dress up their poor little dogs in stupid outfits every day? POny club dress up days putting skirts and wings and horns on your horses? These are ok but dressing up a dead animal which is non the wiser is not? Im confused….

  • Pam Posted on August 14, 2012

    I understand…different countries, different cultures etc… and ‘to each their own’ But MY first reaction was to feel absolute sorrow. This is so appalling to me

  • Meh Posted on August 22, 2012

    Young necrophiliacs in the making but err kinda gives a new tone on the perspective of dead preserved pets.

  • muska Posted on August 23, 2012

    Aaah god damn! what a shame ! 0_o