New Zealand safety alert!!!

Trip Start Jan 23, 2008
Trip End May 23, 2008

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

We have heard of quite a bit of crime here in Peru. It runs the spectrum from waiters who simply add up your dinner bill too high to pickpockets who get into your bag in crowded places to armed guys who hold up entire busloads of people on the Pan American highway. And while we hope to avoid such experiences, they are are unfortunate possibility when traveling here.

You can imagine our alarm when we read the following BBC story from New Zealand. New Zealand...home of crystaline alpine lakes, grazing sheep, mellow Syrahs, and Hobbiton...
...AND violent assault with HEDGEHOGS.

"A man in New Zealand has been charged with using a hedgehog as a weapon, the New Zealand Herald has reported. Police said William Singalargh, 27, had hurled the hedgehog about 5m (16ft) at a 15-year-old boy. "It hit the victim in the leg, causing a large, red welt and several puncture marks," said Senior Sgt Bruce Jenkins, in the North Island town of Whakatane. It was unclear whether the hedgehog was still alive when it was thrown, though it was dead when collected as evidence. The police spokesman said the suspect was arrested "for assault with a weapon, namely the hedgehog." Mr Singalargh is due to appear in court on 17 April. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. "

We had considered wrapping up our whole trip in New Zealand in late 2008, but this is alarming. So that travelers may enjoy the wildlife, people, and freedom of New Zealand, we encourage the New Zealand government to follow these cautionary measures:
1) Eradicate hedgehogs.
2) Aggressively investigate all attempted hedgehoggings.
3) Convict all suspected hedgehoggers.
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