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Topless Public Parades Promoting Porn Offensive

MEDIA RELEASE
30 July 2008

Topless Public Parades Promoting Porn Industry Are Offensive

Family First NZ says that the proposed Boobs on Bikes parade down Queen St advertising the porn industry Expo is offensive, illegal, and the Auckland City Council should demand that the Police prevent it happening.

“The protection of children and families should be given priority, especially when it applies to events in a public setting,”says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“This parade is simply an advertisement for the porn industry which is simply a business, yet supported by Auckland City, with no regard for the welfare and protection of families who are exposed to offensive aspects of the parade.”

“The new bylaw passed by Auckland City Council, after receiving a mountain of submissions supporting the amendment, clearly states that parades can be banned when there are reasonable grounds that the event is likely to be offensive.”

“Most New Zealanders know it is indecent and inappropriate to be topless in a public place – which is why there is no acceptance of the behaviour in schools, workplaces, retail shops or public gatherings.”

“Previously we could depend on the police to stop inappropriate displays like the Boobs on Bikes parade, but an increasingly liberal interpretation of what is deemed offensive behaviour in public under the Crimes Act by both the police and judges means that until a political party or individual MP with backbone is willing to have the Crimes Act ‘toughened up’ to more clearly define ‘offensive behaviour’, the problem will continue.”

“We cannot stop the pornography industry promoting their behaviour to a targeted audience - those who will not be offended. But for those who stand for decency, and who seek to protect families and children, a parade during lunchtime down a major street will cause widespread offence.”

“And the police and Council should act.”

ENDS

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