26 Apr '11, 8pm

23,000 Bunnies Slaughtered in Easter Hunt:

23,000 Bunnies Slaughtered in Easter Hunt:

The slaughter of more than 23,000 rabbits during New Zealand’s 20th annual Great Easter Bunny Hunt has drawn criticism and outrage from animal lovers and activists. The hunt is held on New Zealand’s South Island and is a charity event that is devoted to ridding farmlands of rabbits, which are considered an invasive pest. Safe director Hans Kriek said he was against the hunt. "It's seen as a party atmosphere, sending people out as inexperienced hunters blasting away at animals. The ones they kill are one thing, the ones they injure are another." He also doubted the effectiveness of a 24-hour killing-spree, which did "more to incite cruelty than control the pest" "You can commit any atrocity you like to animals in the name of hunting, and you fall outside the legislation, which is crazy, because wild animals feel pain just as much as domestic ones," he said. Thousands turned...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/23-000-bu...

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