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Thread: Stockholm's Bunnies Burned to Keep Swedes Warm

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    Post Stockholm's Bunnies Burned to Keep Swedes Warm



    Stockholm's bunnies burned to keep Swedes warm

    The bodies of thousands of rabbits culled every year from the parks in Stockholm’s Kungsholmen neighbourhood are being used to fuel a heating plant in central Sweden.

    The decision to use Stockholm’s rabbit cadavers as bioenergy to warm Swedes living in Värmland doesn't sit well with Stockholm-based animal rights activists.

    “Those who support the culling of rabbits surely think it’s good to use the bodies for a good cause. But it feels like they’re trying to turn the animals into an industry rather than look at the main problem,” Anna Johannesson of Vilda kaniners värn (‘Society for the Protection of Wild Rabbits’) told the local Vårt Kungsholmen newspaper.

    Every year, the city of Stockholm kills off thousands of rabbits in an effort to protect trees and shrubbery in the city’s extensive network of parks and green space.

    According to Tommy Tuvunger with the Stockholm Traffic Office, the agency responsible for controlling the city’s rodent and wild animal population, part of the problem rests with delinquent pet owners who decide to release their rabbits into the city’s parks.

    “Many of the released rabbits are tame,” he told the newspaper.

    Animal control authorities employ a special rifle to shoot the excess rabbits, with most of the culling taking place at dawn when the animals peek out from their holes.

    The city usually steps up its rabbit hunting efforts in the autumn as leaves begin to fall from bushes and trees, making it easier to see the rabbits.

    Tuvunger explained that it doesn’t take many newly released rabbits to do what rabbits are known for doing, much to the detriment of Stockholm’s efforts to control the size of its rabbit population.

    “People who think that the bunnies are cute and cuddly suddenly don’t think they’re as fun anymore and put the animals outside. They think: ‘there they can play with the other rabbits’,” he said.

    Last year marked a new record for Stockholm’s rabbit cull, with nearly 6,000 rabbits, mostly from Kungsholmen, being removed from Stockholm’s parks.

    But rather than simply disposing of the dead rabbits, the city instead froze them for eventual transport to a special heating plant in Karlskoga in central Sweden, where the bunny bodies are then burned as a form of bioenergy.

    According to Johannesson, Sweden’s animal control authorities aren’t interested in pursuing other options besides killing the rabbits.

    “We want to see them start looking at other solutions for the rabbits,” she said, citing the Finnish capital of Helsinki, which employs sprays to make park plants unappetizing as well as a network of shelters for various domesticated animals.

    “In Helsinki, where they have the same problem, they’ve come much farther,” Johannesson told Vårt Kungsholmen.
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    Since they breed like well.... rabbits. This is very interesting I did not know that bunnies burned.


    How many bunnies does it take per house hold?
    Are they measured in BTUs( Bunny Thermal Units)

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    As a hunter and a conservationist ,I had a little bit of a hard time understanding this.We hunted and ate wild (snowshoe)rabbit since I was little and never wasted one.Rabbit fur is used to make coats to keep people warm ( I tanned and made my sister one by hand when I was 10).Animals have to be controlled to be sure to keep a balance in nature (I believe Australia had such a problem a while ago) but I am against waste of any kind.I worked for the PA game commission 2 years ago on deer control and I can assure you every piece of meat was used to feed the homeless (and me !) and all the hides were sold to a local tannery .

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    This is deranged.

    I can understand if there is a problem with people introducing rabbits, but why would anyone think about using them as fuel?

    There is no reason that they cannot be used for food. If no one wants to eat them, then I am sure dogs will take them.

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    I agree. If they're going to cull them, might as well use their bodies for some good purpose. I prefer burning them to generate heat than wasting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resist View Post
    I agree. If they're going to cull them, might as well use their bodies for some good purpose. I prefer burning them to generate heat than wasting them.
    Yes, but is this a valid method?

    I do not think we should be turning animals into fuel as if they are plants. Give them some respect or go freeze to death.

    I also agree with the idea of using it for homeless people. They would appreciate rabbit soup and fur in winter.

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    The bunnycaust continues

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kogen View Post
    Yes, but is this a valid method?

    I do not think we should be turning animals into fuel as if they are plants. Give them some respect or go freeze to death.

    I also agree with the idea of using it for homeless people. They would appreciate rabbit soup and fur in winter.
    Why wouldn't it be valid (effective)? If it keeps people warm, it does the job, so it's valid. Burning corpses (animal and human) has been done for thousands of years, as sacrifice and as a death rite, and probably the burning caused less pollution than using other methods of producing heat. Then there is another plus.

    Maybe what you wanted to ask was whether it's ethical. I don't see why not. Animals are a resource, just like plants. Humans kill them for what they can provide, meat and fur. Bioenergy is another thing they can provide. So they're used as resources in this case too.

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    We should eat them instead. I ate rabbit in Spain 2007 and it really taste good. It can be a Swedish delicacy together with reindeers and mooses.

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