Bizarre non-medical news of the week: The “chicken choking” toy is coming under fire.

“A product description on the Web site of Jaycar Electronics, a major Australian importer of toy, says: ‘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.’

But Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the Queensland state branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the toy was ‘grossly irresponsible’ and sent the wrong message to young children.

‘What’s next? Burn a cat? Shoot a dog? . . . 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 the animal fights back.”

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