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SPCA puts brakes on rabbit scheme

2012-02-17 14:52

Cape Town - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has stopped a scheme in which live rabbits were allegedly to be sold with loaves of bread to people in townships, the Cape Times newspaper reported on Friday.

The anti-animal cruelty group has also helped pull Rent-a-rabbit adverts off classified advertising website Gumtree, which claimed that it was “a great way to teach children how much responsibility a pet requires".

"When they lose interest you can return the rabbit to us,” the advert said.

The SPCA tracked down the people behind the plan to sell the live rabbits.

A packaging company tipped off the SPCA after it was asked to quote for a minimum of 10 000 boxes to each hold a live rabbit and a loaf of bread.

The man behind the scheme identified himself only as John, said SPCA chief executive Allan Perrins. He said the scheme had been abandoned in the face of public sentiment.

“(John) said it was never his intention to sell live rabbits. He said his intention was to sell frozen rabbits.”

Contacted by the Cape Times, John Falcke said the advertising people had got it wrong because his scheme was for frozen rabbits.

“If the SPCA wants to do a site inspection I’m prepared to let them visit my farm. It’s in Durbanville. Everything at my farm is above board.”

Comments
  • Kala - 2012-02-17 14:59

    Definitely a hare brained scheme.

      Paul - 2012-02-17 15:29

      Bunny chow

  • Cindy - 2012-02-17 15:08

    it is sick! why not sell them frozen humans with a bread! They would not even know the difference

      Gerhard - 2012-02-17 15:11

      Rabbits are so fluffy and cute and terribly tasty! People all over the world eat rabbit, it's a delicacy. Humans, on the other hand, are only eaten is very remote areas of the world and are not freely available and it is terribly difficult to get hold of a good one.

      npretorius2 - 2012-02-17 15:13

      I love rabbits! (on some rye bread with mayonaise)

      Kala - 2012-02-17 15:14

      All fights are a food fight if you're a cannibal.

      Vegi - 2012-02-17 15:18

      Cindy and Gerhard I find your comments extremely gory.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-17 15:37

      Sorry Vegi but Cindy started it. We were all discussing bread and she had to bring cannibalism into it.

      Cindy - 2012-02-17 15:50

      Apologies Vegi, but sadly the way most people feel about animals, I feel about humans.

      oliver.brettschneider - 2012-02-19 13:08

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  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-17 15:09

    "SPCA puts breaks on rabbit scheme" It just breaks my heart.

  • RoryKlein - 2012-02-17 15:14

    The question that should be asked is why ship a frozen rabbit in a cardboard box with a loaf of bread. Sounds to me more like, "I better cover my a... here!"

      Gerhard - 2012-02-17 15:21

      Exactly!!! Putting bread in a cardboard box is bizarre, to say the least. It comes in a packet already. I think someone in the packaging industry is in on this.

      Shirley - 2012-02-17 15:25

      Vey suspect! A crock of S#%t!

      oliver.brettschneider - 2012-02-19 14:17

      For easy ordering of Rabbit meat pls vissit my website http://coniglio.webs.com/kebab.htm

  • Vegi - 2012-02-17 15:17

    Why specifically in the townships, why not in the surburbs. People who eat everythsing that moves as well as those that do not move reside in the surburbs.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-17 15:41

      I agree Vegi, I'll eat or make biltong out of just about anything that moves. It's not just a township thing. Actually living in the suburbs sucks because I have been battling for months to try find someone who sells goat meat and no one stocks it? Why not, goat meat is very healthy and delicious. Used to eat it all the time in Botswana.

      Phillip - 2012-02-17 16:00

      Hi Vegi. Are you a carrot or a cucumber? They both actually suit your personality! , you pumpkin

      oliver.brettschneider - 2012-02-19 14:18

      For easy ordering of Rabbit meat pls vissit my website http://coniglio.webs.com/kebab.htm

  • Martin - 2012-02-17 15:20

    but we can buy live chickens, or sheep or cows, just cos some hippy thinks bunnys are cute its shut down.

      oliver.brettschneider - 2012-02-19 13:12

      For orders pls contact me via our website http://coniglio.webs.com/kebab.htm

  • Cindy - 2012-02-17 15:27

    I think the main point here is to stop animal cruelty. The way these animals gets killed is horrendous. They changed the story to Frozen instead of live. It does not make it right. If you have a license to kill animals by all means go ahead as the animal would not suffer nearly as much, but everything with a heart has dignity grant it to animals as well.

      Cindy - 2012-02-17 15:28

      Go work at an animal shelter for a day then you will see where I come from.

      Cindy - 2012-02-17 15:40

      And I so agree with you, that is why there are so many people fighting for the rights of animals, it is a long hard difficult road indeed, but if a person can get it right with some it already makes a difference :) PS I only eat fish and will definitely not try any other meat due to what you said below

      Gerhard - 2012-02-17 16:20

      It's a proven fact that fish do not feel any pain. And it is far more humane to drag a fish out of water, slap it on the deck of a boat and let it die a slow death from, what is effectively, suffocation. Then they are chucked into a hold of the boat, some still alive and covered in ice, where they can suffer even less by being frozen to death.

      Cindy - 2012-02-17 16:37

      Yes Gerhard

      Jo - 2012-02-17 18:16

      @ Gerhard. Where do you get your facts from? Actually it's a proven fact, fish DO feel pain. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/2983045.stm

      Gerhard - 2012-02-20 11:28

      @ Jo, it's called sarcasm. Cindy will only eat fish because we kill them humanely. NOT!!!

  • Steven - 2012-02-17 15:38

    Something got lost in translation. The oke was probably told to order a whole lot of "bunny chows" and they took him literally. The SPCA must look out for next weeks "hotdog" special.

      Cathandra - 2012-02-17 17:34

      Well said Steven

  • Samantha - 2012-02-17 15:45

    am glad they stopped this - and how do you go from "when they lose interest u can return it" to now selling frozen rabbits, ??????-

      oliver.brettschneider - 2012-02-19 13:17

      For Frozen or Fresh Rabbit Meat Products pls visit my website: http://coniglio.webs.com/kebab.htm

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-17 15:46

    Sound like a half baked idea if you ask me!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 16:00

    Gumtree ad said "When they loose interest-they can return the rabbit" And great way to teach a child responsibility-does anyone know how quickly rabbits breed! Spca is trying to get cats/dogs spayed and now some einstein comes up with this?? Then the story changes to "frozen' rabbits. This is a scheme which needs to be investigated-mass breeding can mean unethical breeding conditions.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-17 16:24

      It makes perfect sense, give the kid a baby rabbit, let them bring it up, ready for the table, send it back to Rent a Rabbit and then sell them on the side of the road with a loaf of bread. Brilliant!! Why didn't I think of it?

  • Grimett - 2012-02-17 16:14

    So i guess us township fellows will have to settle for a loaf of bread and a live tomato and onion then, or maybe we'll get potted veggie plants ?

      Cathandra - 2012-02-17 17:36

      Please Grimett I beg you humane killing of the veg.

  • thomasbearings - 2012-02-17 16:36

    Put the "breaks" on the scheme??! Don't you proof read this stuff Mervyn Thomas.

      oliver.brettschneider - 2012-02-19 13:15

      For easy ordering of Rabbit meat please go to my site http://coniglio.webs.com/kebab.htm

  • Virginia - 2012-04-23 14:40

    John Falke you really need to go on a bungy jump and hopefully the rope snaps. You are a disgrace! As for you people with the pathetic little comments - really just get a life!

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