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By bill fragos, Section News
Posted on Thu Jul 15th, 2004 at 02:35:38 PM CST

Four men have appeared before a Brisbane court on animal cruelty charges as a result of a competition with a difference at The Exchange Hotel in Brisbane. The competition included the final round of chewing/swallowing mice and then spitting them out (this was after being dared to bite off the tails of mice and then eat the mice alive). The first rounds weren't so bad and only included contestants pricking each other with pins until their nipples bled. One contestant also drank a drink containing cat food, cayenne pepper and dishwashing detergent.

The competition was apparently modelled on the show Jackass. Interestingly, contestants were apparently also given $100 drink vouchers to use before the competition started.

The RSPCA has launched the prosecution in Brisbane's Magistrates Court. The matter has been adjourned as 2 of the charged are applying for legal aid. The offences carry up to two-year jail terms or $75,000 fines.

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In other news.. (none / 0) (#1)
by crispian on Thu Jul 15th, 2004 at 02:43:05 PM CST
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..Bill Fragos was also prosecuted for cruelty to mice, by not letting them have any cheese :-)

lactose intolerant (none / 0) (#2)
by bill fragos on Thu Jul 15th, 2004 at 03:12:21 PM CST
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..What's really funny is Mobin has played there .... I'm trying to recall the story. I'm pretty sure he said the crowd was a little cheesy... now it all makes sense!

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Brisvegas (none / 0) (#3)
by mobinmaster ( on Sat Jul 17th, 2004 at 10:18:00 PM CST
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Hey as much as I may play some bad venues in the past, I have never played there. Believe me, this place makes the Office in Adelaide look classy.Had to set that straight.
Mobin Master
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verdict #1 (none / 0) (#4)
by bill fragos on Thu Jul 22nd, 2004 at 05:10:49 PM CST
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First guy has pleaded guilty today and was sentenced. Bit the tails off two mice. $1250 fine and $300 court costs. Now that's fine dining!

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In the future.. (none / 0) (#5)
by crispian on Thu Jul 22nd, 2004 at 05:24:32 PM CST
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..scientists will be able to grow mice with 2 tails, so the same act will only be half as cruel.

In other news, Mike Tyson bit the ear off of the back of a laboratory rodent...

I just want to know how he expects to use his computer, now that he's eaten the mouse.

and so on...

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More Verdicts and an Appeal! (none / 0) (#6)
by bill fragos on Tue Aug 17th, 2004 at 03:33:26 PM CST
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Yes there is another serving...

Recently, a second man who handed the mice to the contestants was fined $1000.

A third man, an apprentice chef, pleaded guilty today and was fined $750 for biting the tail of a live mouse. His lawyer told the Court that the guy was so drunk he was in shock when later told what he had done. He was given a $100 drinking voucher from the organisers beforehand and had downed bourbon and full-strength beer for six hours. The guy had also set off a mouse trap with his tongue, eaten a bird seed cup full of maggots, sucked up three chewed up chillies through a straw, drank a pint of anchovies and downed a pint of mouthwash.

The first man to be sentenced in this matter (as reported in the previous comment), the organiser, was given a $1250 fine and was ordered to pay $300 in court costs. However, the RSPCA today lodged an appeal in Brisbane's District Court over the leniency of the sentence, insisting it was "manifestly inadequate" after it called for a $5000 fine.

The competition runner-up, the fourth man charged, left court without being dealt with and is set to face court again in 2 weeks. When asked outside court today if he had any advice for competitors, the fourth man said: "Don't eat mice."

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