July 30, 2006

The eels! Will no one think about the eels!

Iraq is still on fire, Israel is bombing the crap out of Lebanon while Hezbollah shoots rockets into Israel, but at least dead eels are finally starting to get some respect.

Giant dead eel tossing contest canceled

LONDON - For more than 30 years, crowds have flocked to the small English fishing village of Lyme Regis to watch an annual tradition — two teams of fishermen standing on wooden platforms as human bowling pins, hurling a dead giant eel at each other. But the ritual was abruptly abandoned after an animal rights activist threatened to draw negative publicity to the latest tournament, organizers said Saturday

The practice, known as conger cuddling, is the annual highlight in the small coastal town about 155 miles southwest of London. The object of the game is to knock the opposing team off the platform by swinging a 25-pound eel at them.

Crowds have flocked to Lyme Regis since 1974 to watch rival teams of nine men swing the giant conger eel — suspended in the harbor by a rope — and local residents said they are dismayed at the demise of their historic event.

Andrew Kaye, a resident and spokesman for the Lyme Regis lifeboat crews who raise money through the tournament, said an anonymous e-mailer had called the practice disrespectful to the dead eel.

The lone activist threatened to film the contest to attract adverse media attention, Kaye said

They called this thing off because of a threat from an anonymous emailer? God help us all if that guy ever gets his hands on a blog!

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at July 30, 2006 12:16 PM

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