RSPCA QLD Slammed For Selling This Chew Toy
The Queensland faction of the RSPCA have been slammed online for selling a caricature of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard as a chew toy for animals.
The unflattering plush toy depicts Gillard to have an enormous nose and plump figure and is currently on sale at RSPCA World For Pets in Wacol for $20.
Regardless of your political views, it's obvious the use of Australia's first female Prime Minister as a dog's chew toy is disrespectful and a far cry from the normally inclusive and charitable views of the RSPCA.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty told 9 News the toys had mistakenly been taken out of storage by a volunteer at the store.
"About six years ago we had Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard toys which we sold," he said.
The shop’s Abbott dolls sold out, but there were a number of Gillard toys left over and then packed away in storage.
Jozefa Sobski, the Women’s Electoral Lobby convener, told news.com.au that the use of Gillard's likeness in the doll was 'repugnant' - turning Australila's first female PM into a dog's plaything.
“Surely they have other creatures they can use as toys, this is just repugnant,” Ms Sobski said.
“It is disrespectful to the former prime minister, and I believe it is designed and sold to be disrespectful.
“This just brings needless attention to the RSCPA at a time when the focus should be on the core missions of the organisation, which his to protect and care for animals."
Members of social media have been quick to react, with a number refusing to donate to the RSPCA going forward.