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Published:May 19th, 2010 16:46 EST

Animal Rights Activists Outraged Over Fundraising Contest That Abuses Ferrets

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Animal welfare groups in Britain say they are outraged by a school fundraising contest that involves placing ferrets down the trousers of competitors.

The charity `ferret legging` event is the idea of retired school headmaster Frank Bartlett, 67, who argued the competition would not harm the ferrets since they were docile, `would probably go to sleep,` and would be placed down baggy trousers, The Telegraph newspaper reported Saturday.

But animal welfare groups say the endurance contest, in which the winning competitor is the last one to release the ferret from his trousers, would cause the animals unnecessary stress and discomfort."

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The old codger who concocted this bizarre and cruel form of entertainment claims that the ferrets won`t be harmed. I would love to stuff Bartlett in a potato sack and roll him down the hill -- that wouldn`t cause any harm either.

Sadists can get away with cruelty to animals, only when good people are silent. It gives me hope for humankind that animal rights organizations in Britain are speaking out against this vile fundraising contest.

What makes Bartlett`s crime especially heinous is that the ferret contest is being held to raise funds for a school, the sadist is teaching children that it`s OK to be cruel to animals.

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