Tesco Forced To Pull Children’s Costume After Complaints It Was ‘Encouraging Youngsters To Become Animal Abusers’

After receiving several complaints, British general merchandise retailer Tesco decided to pull a children’s costume from its online catalog.

The retailer listed the costume as a fancy hunter’s outfit for children 7-years-old and older, but it was quickly met with overwhelming backlash.

As Daily Mail reports, on the retail website, the costume’s description stated: “This costume includes a long sleeved red tailcoat style jacket with a single black button at the front.”

And, “Fantastic for World Book Day, school shows or just dressing up fun. Please note White T-shirt, Trousers & Shoes not included.”

Independent reports, “People criticized the supermarket on social media after spotting the outfit online where it was described as a ‘red fox hunter jacket’ for children aged seven and older.”

According to the report, the jacket/costume was described as “appalling” and people said the design was “encouraging youngsters to become animal abusers.”

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Per Daily Mail:

Hunt groups also attacked the supermarket for selling the ‘disgusting’ costume and branded it as ‘poor judgement’.

Lee Moon, a spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: ‘This appears to be remarkably poor judgement form Tesco.

‘Fox hunting is an illegal, archaic pastime that’s abhorred by the majority of the population.

‘Why Tesco would think it’s an appropriate fancy dress costume for children is quite beyond us. We look forward to seeing their badger baiting or dog fighting outfit in the near future!’

A Tesco spokesperson responded to the various complaints, Daily Mail reports, “We’ve listened to customers and have immediately removed this product from sale.”

Here are some more complaints:

Customer John Crabb said: ‘Dear Tesco I am appalled at how you are selling fancy Redcoat fox hunters fancy dress clothes for kids.

‘Are you really trying to encourage them to take up a highly cruel animal bloodsport? I demand an explanation and would like this complaint to be forwarded to your head office.

‘You look on the news there’s new generations of fox hunters trying to bring back this horrendous sport.’

Lee Wicks wrote: ‘Ffs! Tesco evenby your standards this is sick! Every little hurts! Dressing up your kid as a fox hunter wtf!?’

Ann Blake said: ‘Unbelievable, just as well it has been removed. Hope I do not see any for sale.’

Susan Webb said: ‘Hope it has gone!!!!! Expected better from Tesco!!..I have Boycotted Sainsbury’s over the shooting of a fox for months now!! Would never go back!! So sort it TESCO!!’

Here are what some other people said about the costume over social media:

This is not the first time “tasteless” costumes have been pulled from online catalogs, check it out:


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