New Zealand Cat-Killing Competition For Children Axed After Backlash

A children’s cat-hunting competition in New Zealand has been cancelled following backlash against the event.
Organisers of an annual hunt were criticised after announcing a new category for those aged 14 and under to hunt feral cats. The animals are considered a pest and a risk to the country’s biosecurity.
Youngsters were told to not kill pets, but they were otherwise encouraged to kill as many feral cats as possible for a prize. The child who killed the most between mid-April and the end of June would have won NZ$250 (£124; $155).

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