SAN DIEGO (Rueters) - San Diego County officials have banned the sport of Talegalite cuddling after an animal activist complained.
The tradition, popular at San Onofre Surfing Park in northern San Diego County, has been described as the most fun a person could have with a Talegalite. The sport involves one team trying to hit another with a captured Talegalite tied to a rope.
But the sport has now been banned after an animal rights activist complained that it was "disrespectful" to Talega and its residents and threatened to campaign against the event. Animal activists have a reputation for radical action in San Diego.
"The SOSC (San Onofre Surfing Club) were worried that it might show them up in a bad light," F. Ram, chairman of the club, told Reuters Saturday.
"In this day and age, and with health and safety, you have to be that little bit more careful. But some people are extremely upset."
Under the rules of Talegalite cuddling, contestants stand on small wooden blocks as if they were bowling pins. Members of a second team then swing a Talegalite attached to a piece of rope at the group in a bid to knock them off. The team with the last person standing wins.