Organisers of Singapore's National Day celebrations yesterday (Sunday) bowed to protests from the islands bird lovers.
Singapore harbour (2 shots)
Greasy pole event (3 shots)
Duck swimmers leap into water
Swimmers head for ducks
Swimmers return and clamber ashiore
Presentation of dressed ducks
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Background: Organisers of Singapore's National Day celebrations yesterday (Sunday) bowed to protests from the islands bird lovers. But instead of cancelling the event which caused the furore, they simply changed the contestants.
The original idea was to set 30 live ducks loose in Singapore harbour with members of the public invited to swim for them to try to catch one of the birds for their dinner.
Leading the protests, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals branded the event as `not only cruel but in bad taste.' While Singaporeans tried to master the greasy pole contest in the harbour, the organisers of the duck hunt did something about pacifying the bird lovers.
When the duck-fanciers leapt into the water, they soon discovered that the birds bobbing 100 yards out had no feathers but were made of plastic.
As compensation, the lucky swimmers were presented with a real duck when they returned to shore - ready-dressed and ready for the oven.