The Tierschutzbund animal rights group said the Euro 2012 tournament has led TV and radio stations to overuse the psychic animal gimmick, which was inspired by Paul the octopus, a cephalopod that made headlines with a string of successful World Cup predictions in 2010, the BBC reported Wednesday.
"These days, everybody who has an animal seems to put it in front of a camera," said Marius Tunte of Tierschutzbund. "Every station has its own animal."
The group said it was particularly upset about an Internet radio station using a python named Aldo to make predictions by choosing between two rats representing different teams.
"Unnecessary suffering is being inflicted purely for the sake of enjoyment," the group said.
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