Poster urging parents to shoot kids with rabies accidentally published by UK govt

Scarfolk
The poster was published in a magazine on the history of UK government communications. Photo credit: Scarfolk/Twitter

The UK government has accidentally published a poster urging parents to shoot their children if they catch rabies.

"If you suspect your child has rabies, don't hesitate - shoot," it reads.

The full poster.
The full poster. Photo credit: Scarfolk/Twitter

The poster was published in a magazine on the history of UK government communications - but obviously wasn't meant to be.

"This image is a parody of 1970s public information campaigns and was mistakenly used in a publication for illustrative purposes," a spokeswoman told BBC News.

It originated on a Twitter account for the fictional Scarfolk Council, which parodies a small British town "that did not progress beyond 1979".

"Wow. This has made my week," the account's owner, Richard Littler, tweeted. "They mistakenly included a Scarfolk poster which encourages the killing of children. Clearly, nobody thought it was too extreme."

He believes a fan of the account may have "infiltrated the civil service".

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