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PROTESTS AT SICK `RIP MY GUTS' DOLL.

A SICK doll which asks toddlers to disembowel it is on sale in Dublin shops.

The toy, aimed at children as young as three, invites them to put their hands down its throat and rip out its intestines.

But the ISPCC fear children given the doll will try to do this with playmates or pets.

Gus Gutz, made by American firm Rumpus, has a gaping mouth with intestines, heart, lungs, spleen, gall bladder, kidney and liver, at its centre.

The box carries the invitation: "Put your hand in my mouth and pull out my guts!" ISPCC chief executive Cian Tighearnaigh said: "Toys like this are in bad taste. We are potentially talking about an act of extreme aggression.

"The risk is a child that has been treated aggressively will be given a method of doing such acts to other children.

"Or it will desensitise them to the notion that people and animals are frail and vulnerable and it is not normal for their guts to be spewing out."

Rumpus boss Larry Schwartz said: "It's an educational toy."
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Date:Dec 6, 1998
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