The UK is considering banning real baby bear dolls, according to the country’s new Home Office minister.
In a speech to the British Medical Association, Caroline Spelman said: “Real baby bears, and similar toys and figurines, are an incredibly disturbing and offensive symbol of infant abuse and child abuse.”
The move follows the rise in the number of online hoaxes targeting the dolls, many of which were created by people using their real names.
The dolls are not meant to be harmed and have been around for thousands of years.
The Home Office says it will examine whether there are any safety risks.
A spokeswoman said the Home Office would not be able to remove the dolls unless there is a clear and compelling reason.