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Skinning Defenseless Small Animals for Fun and Profit

The old saying goes, "There's more than one way to skin a cat." And in New Zealand, they have found it. And if not a cat, close enough: a possum.  The Taranaki Daily News reports a school district there held a contest to see which kid could bring in the best costumed possum.  Criteria: the possum had to be costumed.  And it had to be dead. You can't make this stuff up.  It gets worse bettter:  one of the entrants was outfitted like a boxer, but it was skinned.

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Said it before, I'll say it again. Ewwwwwww. But if you've read this far, you'll want to know it gets still worser better-er:  the contest is part of a fund-raiser for a school pig hunt.  Good God, these people have a very specific mindset about their animals. Of course there's been a huge backlash online:  several comments,  involving the word 'sick.'  For her part, the principal reminds that "Animals aren't the only species who are dressed up after they die. We do it to humans too."  Also, the pig-hunt fund-raiser reportedly raised $8,000-- twice what everybody expected.  Look out, pigs.

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