Rabbits to be sold with bread - report

2012-02-16 09:00
Cape Town - A scheme in which live rabbits would be sold with loaves of bread for consumption in townships would be investigated, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Times newspaper reported that a packaging company tipped off the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) about the scheme.

The company received a quote enquiry from Liz Jones, a production manager at Inspiration Advertising, requesting a minimum of 10 000 boxes to house live rabbits.

The e-mail read: "The recipient will slaughter the rabbit and eat it with the loaf of bread. The box will need air holes to enable the rabbit to breathe."

When contacted by the paper, Jones denied it was a hoax and said she was only quoting boxes for a client. She denied there would be cruelty to animals. It was not known where the rabbits would come from or be sent to.

The NSPCA said it would investigate.

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