Anger has erupted after Amazon was found to be selling a ‘Slicey the Pig’ dashboard toy, that slices itself as it moves.
Javid Ahmed was the first to call out the global brand and said the toy was ‘sickening’.
In an interview with the Mail Online, he said: “Slicey the Pig promotes animal cruelty, sends out the wrong message that animals are objects and have no desire to live, and teaches people it is okay to accept animal suffering, according to the animal activist.”
“It reminded me of another image I had seen of a man taking a samurai sword to the neck of a pig.”
“It is pretty distasteful. If you put a human being in that position everybody would say how inappropriate it is.”
“If there was a toy going round with someone chopping themselves up there would be a lot of outrage.”
The Amazon description grimly reads: “Slicey the Pig just realised how delicious he is and now he wants to share himself with you!”
“It represents animals as toys and commodities like TV sets or phones and sends out the wrong message. I would say it is sending out a message that it is okay to harm animals.”
“This kind of thing happens to animals every day. It is inappropriate and not okay to depict it like that.”
“When I first saw the toy I was sickened. I thought it was terrible. It shows the extent of brutality towards animals.”
Javid Ahmed set up a petition calling on Amazon to remove the toy from their website. The petition has now gained over 17,000 signatures.
“Somebody from Amazon called me and said they were not going to do anything about it.”
“I updated the petition with Jeff Bezos’s details and sent him several emails but never heard anything back.”
He said: “People will just laugh (at the toy) because it is how they were brought up. They do not understand the cruelty behind it.”
“Slaughtering animals is a form of terrorism. They are taken to a slaughterhouse and do not know where they are going and what the outcome will be. I would compare that to a terror attack.”
“If animals had a voice they would be reacting to this toy with shock and horror.”