Update: Further down in the article, you can read that it was a close call, but for now there can still be "an oink oink here and an oink oink there" on Old Macdonald's farm--but only for local moppets:
Meanwhile, the politically correct ban on pigs in Britain also extends to toys for children. A toy farm set called HappyLand Goosefeather Farm recently removed pigs in order to avoid offending Muslims.
The pig removal came to public attention after a British mother bought the toy as a present for her daughter's first birthday. Although the set contained a model of a cow, sheep, chicken, horse and dog, there was no pig, despite there being a sty and a button which generated an "oink" sound.
After the mother complained, the Early Learning Centre (ELC), which manufactures the toy, responded: "Previously the pig was part of the Goosefeather Farm. However due to customer feedback and religious reasons this is no longer part of the farm."
After a public outcry, however, ELC later reversed its decision: "We recognize that pigs are familiar farm animals, especially for our UK customers. We have taken the decision to reinstate the pig and to no longer sell the set in international markets where it might create an issue."Time to write a new version of Orwell's Animal Farm in which, after much consideration, the pigs are "reinstated" to the farm, but are banned from traveling abroad "where it might create an issue."
|No "oink" on this farm. Must be one of those "international" sets|