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Heating Plant BURNS BUNNIES To Warm Swedes

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In one of the more bizarre animal stories in recent memory, The Local, an English Language news site in Sweden, reports on an animal control problem in Stockholm's parks. The parks are apparently overrun with rabbits -- some of which are abandoned pets that have, of course, multiplied like rabbits. The problem is so bad that last year over 6,000 rabbits were culled from parks. It's hard to describe how they get rid of the rabbits without it sounding creepy: animal control officers troll the parks early in the morning, just as the rabbits are peaking their heads out of their little rabbit holes, and shoot them dead with rifles.

Now the story gets stranger: instead of disposing of the rabbit bodies, authorities have been freezing them and shipping them to a heating facility in central Sweden where they are burned to produce energy.

The Local reports:

"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.

HuffPost Green is undecided on if it's better that the rabbit bodies are not wasted or if the whole thing is beyond sinister. What do you think?


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