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  1. 21 Oct '09 14:03 / 1 edit
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091014/od_nm/us_sweden_burning

    What the heck is going on over there? What do Swedes have against bunnies?

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Forget bunny boiling jealous rages and rapacious butchers. The biggest threats to Peter Rabbit's Swedish cousins are the cold, the cull and their flammable cadavers.

    The city of Stockholm shoots thousands of wild rabbits spread across the green spaces of the Swedish capital and sends their bodies to be burned as heating fuel, a practice which has enraged animal rights groups.

    City official Mats Freij said Stockholm killed 6,000 wild rabbits last year and has culled 3,000 so far this year, but said a subcontractor decided to use the cadavers as fuel.

    "One should put this in the perspective that we (humans) are actually cremated ourselves and that generates a completely different reaction," Freij said in response to criticism.

    Animal Rights Sweden spokeswoman Lise-Lott Alsenius questioned whether the practice was humane or ethical and suggested neutering the male rabbits as an alternative method of holding down the population.

    "One at least has to evaluate what the alternatives are to just simply shooting them," she said.

    Konvex, the company handling the operation, said the rabbits were ground up with the cadavers of other beasts, mainly farm animals such as cows which have been deemed unfit for human consumption, reduced to flammable form and incinerated.

    "Just as with us people ... the bodies contain a lot of fat and fat has exactly the same energy content as normal heating oil for instance," Konvex Chief Executive Leo Virta said.
  2. 21 Oct '09 14:15 / 1 edit
    a modest proposal for PETA

    it is clear that hunting by humans can create much pain and distress for animals. But what about the pain and distress caused by a natural predator like an eagle or a lion? I propose that we eliminate all animals that feed on other animals -- the only species that have a right to exist are those that can subsist entirely on plants. Even the insect-eaters must go -- who knows what kind of suffering an insect goes through when it is eaten?
  3. 21 Oct '09 14:17
    Originally posted by Melanerpes
    a modest proposal for PETA

    it is clear that hunting by humans can create much pain and distress for animals. But what about the pain and distress caused by a natural predator like an eagle or a lion? I propose that we eliminate all animals that feed on other animals -- the only species that have a right to exist are those that can subsist entirely on p ...[text shortened]... sect-eaters must go -- who knows what kind of suffering an insect goes through when it is eaten?
    Would emliminating animals that eat other animals call for the elimination of humans?
  4. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    21 Oct '09 14:18
    City rabbits are also a problem in Helsinki.

    The origin is in people who long ago had the "brilliant" idea of having
    them as pets and, stupid as they are, couldn't take care of them and
    once the bunnies were roaming free in the city... well, we all know the
    rabbits' approach to sex and reproduction.

    So these problems, as usual, originate from humans being stupid. Thus,
    the animal rights' groups should use their time and their resources in
    teaching people not to be irresponsible towards animals... not in
    making the work of the authorities harder.
  5. 21 Oct '09 14:31
    Originally posted by NimzovichLarsen
    Would emliminating animals that eat other animals call for the elimination of humans?
    only the meat-eaters
  6. 21 Oct '09 16:12
    Originally posted by NimzovichLarsen
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091014/od_nm/us_sweden_burning

    What the heck is going on over there? What do Swedes have against bunnies?

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Forget bunny boiling jealous rages and rapacious butchers. The biggest threats to Peter Rabbit's Swedish cousins are the cold, the cull and their flammable cadavers.

    The city of Stockh ...[text shortened]... nergy content as normal heating oil for instance," Konvex Chief Executive Leo Virta said.
    I have a question for the PETA police. What about the unborn animals? Can we terminate those to help control the populations?
  7. 22 Oct '09 12:42
    Killing bunnies is a sport here? Me and my friends? When we're bored? We like to run around
    stomping bunnies? 'Cause it's fun? And good exercise?
  8. 22 Oct '09 12:42
    Originally posted by Seitse
    The origin is in people who long ago had the "brilliant" idea of having
    them as pets and, stupid as they are, couldn't take care of them
    Bless them!
  9. 22 Oct '09 13:14
    Bunnies are a pest. Bunnies are killed. I don't see the issue here.