You’d think they could have worked some baby-seal clubbing in there too, but noooo.

This is the most cheering news story I’ve seen all year.

Sweden burns bunnies for warmth

Thousands of stray rabbits in Sweden are being shot, frozen and then burned for heat. Stockholm even hires rabbit hunters for the task, like Tommy Tuvuynger, a modern day Elmer Fudd.

“We are shooting rabbits in Stockholm center, they are a very big problem,” he said. “Once culled, the rabbits are frozen and when we have enough; a contractor comes and takes them away.”

Tuvunger is leading the fight to continue sniping bunnies for warmth. Several animal rights groups in Sweden have come out in opposition to the practice, saying that if the rabbits are a problem there are non-lethal ways to deal with them. But Tuvunger is having none of that, “If you do that you only move the problem 100 meters away.”

Kids, can you say “renewable energy?”

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6 Responses to “You’d think they could have worked some baby-seal clubbing in there too, but noooo.”

  1. Hux Says:

    Just out of curiosity, do you buy the whole Peter Singer type line of argument, or any line of argument, against killing animals? I know you eat meat, but so do I even though I think it’s totally wrong. (Arguably making me even worse than the average meat eater.)

  2. eric Says:

    Why don’t they grind up the bunnies and make delicious Swedish rabbit meatballs? And they could use the fur for gloves and coats to keep warm.

  3. Paul Gowder Says:

    Hux, I’m not sure about Singer’s argument. I definitely accept Kant’s argument against animal cruelty — the rough idea being that it’s wrong at least because it warps our own moral characters (though it might be wrong for other reasons too). Haven’t come to any firm conclusions on stronger principles yet.

    Even Singer’s argument, however, doesn’t speak to killing animals as such, but rather to inflicting needless pain on them. It seems reasonable to demand that we limit our meat production to animals that are humanely killed. So I am uncomfortable with the fact that much of our meat isn’t.

  4. Michael Drake Says:

    Why do they kill the bunnies before they burn them? Pretty pointless, when you think about it.

  5. Paul Gowder Says:

    Win.

  6. ben Says:

    It probably makes the transport and storage much easier.

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