Swedes Burn Rabbits to Keep Warm

By Jon Hunter

Resourceful Swedes are using rabbits to power a heating plant near Stockholm. This is not a joke - the frozen corpses of many thousands of wild rabbits culled each year in Stockholm's parks and managed land are being used to fuel a solid fuel heating plant in Sweden.

The deceased rabbits are some of the many thousands which are culled each year as Sweden suffers from a chronic over population of rabbits in its parks. And the Swedes in their uber practical manner are showing themselves to be efficient and waste nothing.

Animal rights activists have claimed that domestic pets are also being rounded up and incinerated, but have produced little or no evidence to this effect.

"Those who support the culling of rabbits think it's good to use the bodies for a good cause. But it feels like the power company is trying to turn the animals into an industry rather than look at the main problem," said Anna Johannesson of the Society for the Protection of Wild Rabbits.

The deceased rabbits who are going up in smoke were the inhabitants of Stockholm's parks who are constantly culled to protect the fauna and flora on which they feed. But some of the rabbits may have been tame domestic pets let loose by owners who no longer want them, and obviously do not mind what fate befalls them.

Six thousand rabbits were burned last year, when their corpses were frozen and then sent to the heating plant at Karlskoga, in central Sweden, where the bodies were burnt in order to help heat the homes in the surrounding areas.

Local animal rights groups have surprisingly called for improved treatment for the wild rabbits,

Mrs. Johannesson told local newspaper Vart Kungsholmen; "We want to see them start looking at other solutions for the rabbits. Helsinki in Finland sprays the plants to make them unappetizing and they have also set up a system of shelters for animals to be donated to. They have come much further along than us."

No one has wondered about a logical reason for the apparently illogical expending energy in freezing the rabbits before burning them later? - 30644

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