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RSPCA condemns giant rabbit wedding
The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 4, 2006 | Unsigned

Posted on 04/04/2006 9:19:47 AM PDT by aculeus

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has criticised a stunt in which two giant rabbits were married in a mock wedding ceremony.

The Continental giant rabbits were dressed up in wedding costumes for the event at Wookey Hole Caves, near Wells in Somerset.

The rabbits - Roberto and Amy - are both more than 3ft long and each weighs just under three stone, and were wed in the Britain's first ever rabbit nuptials.

Roberto, aged three, is 3ft 6in long and is believed to be the biggest rabbit in the world. Organisers dressed Amy in a mini veil and a wedding band was placed around her paw.

But the RSPCA branded the stunt as "belittling" and criticised the organisers for sending out the wrong message about animals.

"We would be opposed to anything that would cause distress or suffering to animals and we are opposed to the dressing up of animals as it belittles them," Joanna Barr, RSPCA spokesperson, said.

"This puts the wrong message across. Animals are not toys to be dressed up."

Jerry Cottle Junior, spokesman for Wookey Hole Caves, insisted that the stunt was in no way cruel.

"The ceremony went very well indeed. Amy was a bit nervous at first but the couple are now tucking into some carrot cake," he said.


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Amy and Roberto in their wedding finery

1 posted on 04/04/2006 9:19:49 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
"The rabbits - Roberto and Amy - are both more than 3ft long and each weighs just under three stone,"

Good grief, one of those would feed a family of five...

2 posted on 04/04/2006 9:24:14 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: aculeus

I don't know if a little derby and piece of lavender netting as a veil constitutes being "dressed up".

I have to say, he's about the most unattractive bunny I've ever seen.


3 posted on 04/04/2006 9:26:30 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: aculeus
"This puts the wrong message across. Animals are not toys to be dressed up."

Here's an alternative to dressing them up ....

Savory Rabbit

4 posted on 04/04/2006 9:26:31 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Islamofascism ... bringing you the best of the 7th century for the past 1300 years.)
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To: Abathar

"each weighs just under three stone"

Wow! From what I could find the "stone" is approx. 14 lb. Hence 3 stone approx. = 42 lb.!

Yikes - Rodents of Uncommon Size!


5 posted on 04/04/2006 9:27:48 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rage is the fuel that powers the islamic machine)
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To: Abathar

Maybe more. Three stone translates into 42 pounds!


6 posted on 04/04/2006 9:28:20 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: aculeus

Did Jimmy Carter attend?.........


7 posted on 04/04/2006 9:29:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (I must not fear.Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.....)
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To: aculeus

Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit...he he he. Be vewy, vewy quiet, we're hunting wibewals.


8 posted on 04/04/2006 9:31:46 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Abathar

"Good grief, one of those would feed a family of five..."

And it would taste like chicken....


9 posted on 04/04/2006 9:33:54 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: aculeus
I thought it was DUCK SEASON!


10 posted on 04/04/2006 9:33:55 AM PDT by Feiny (I only take the free tour.)
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To: Abathar; aculeus; Senator Bedfellow
Good grief, one of those would feed a family of five...

It’s considered bad form at wedding feasts to devour bride or groom.

11 posted on 04/04/2006 9:34:16 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Yikes - Rodents of Uncommon Size!

That's inconceivable!

12 posted on 04/04/2006 9:36:00 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: dighton
It’s considered bad form at wedding feasts to devour bride or groom.

No, I think it's OK in the Koran somewhere. It's in there right after firing your weapons into the air to attract airstrikes.

13 posted on 04/04/2006 9:37:15 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: aculeus

Did they sign a pre-nup?


14 posted on 04/04/2006 9:38:26 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car)
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To: aculeus
"You're no bunny 'til some bunny loves you ..."
15 posted on 04/04/2006 9:44:00 AM PDT by manwiththehands (I will remember in November.)
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To: aculeus
He: "I don't go to church. Every time I go to church, something bad happens. Y'know, funerals, so forth..."

She: "But what about our wedding?"

He: (silence)



Two weeks later, when he leaves the hospital...

16 posted on 04/04/2006 10:03:55 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: aculeus

Was Jimmah Carter best man?


17 posted on 04/04/2006 10:07:20 AM PDT by rod1
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To: Abathar
Good grief, one of those would feed a family of five...

They each weigh more than my 11 month old granddaughter. She's cuter though.

18 posted on 04/04/2006 10:14:39 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: aculeus; cyborg
RSPCA condemns giant rabbit wedding

They wanted the wedding to be smaller?

19 posted on 04/04/2006 10:16:07 AM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: 50sDad

You keep using that word ...


20 posted on 04/04/2006 10:17:29 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: 50sDad
That's inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

21 posted on 04/04/2006 10:17:59 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: feinswinesuksass
RABBIT season!
22 posted on 04/04/2006 10:18:25 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Comicalness Don't Win No Medals)
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To: manwiththehands

“Every bunny loves some bunny sometime.”


23 posted on 04/04/2006 10:18:43 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Rabbits are not rodents, but in any event those rabbits are not nearly as large as these Capybaras from South America.

They average 100 pounds, and can go as large as 175. (The human in the photo is about 5 feet tall)

24 posted on 04/04/2006 10:18:53 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: nuconvert
I have to say, he's about the most unattractive bunny I've ever seen. Image hosting by Photobucket

A better looking bun - our dear departed Snuffaluffagus and two pals.

25 posted on 04/04/2006 10:21:00 AM PDT by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: aculeus; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; tiamat; ...
Mazel tov! Eight children and they can have a minyan! Must be Reform if...

...rabbit wedding?

Never mind.


26 posted on 04/04/2006 10:21:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (When Al Franken had his bris, they threw away the baby and saved the foreskin.)
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To: dighton; cyborg
Tres delicieux!

Translated: "le yum!"

27 posted on 04/04/2006 10:22:51 AM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: radiohead

ohhh.........he's a handsome bunny


28 posted on 04/04/2006 10:24:20 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: aculeus

Actually, this photo is less absurd than the photos of two men getting married...


29 posted on 04/04/2006 10:25:05 AM PDT by Antoninus (I don't vote for liberals regardless of their party affiliation.)
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To: aculeus
giant rabbits, eh? Never saw it, but there was a 1972 B-movie called NIGHT OF THE LEPUS about giant bunnies.

The following page has author Joe Ekaitis (COLLINSFORT VILLAGE) opining about what a remake might be like...

Joe Ekaitis--Night of the Lepus remake?


30 posted on 04/04/2006 10:26:11 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: ShadowAce
No rhyming! I mean it! Do you want to back where you started? In Greenland?
31 posted on 04/04/2006 10:26:45 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: aculeus

"This puts the wrong message across. Animals are not toys to be dressed up."

 

What if we wanna ride 'em?

32 posted on 04/04/2006 10:28:08 AM PDT by Fintan (Did you really think I could post such insightful replies if I actually read the article???)
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To: aculeus
Yum!


33 posted on 04/04/2006 10:28:45 AM PDT by Toby06 (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: 50sDad

Unemployed????


34 posted on 04/04/2006 10:30:20 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: dighton

Was Elwood in attendance?

35 posted on 04/04/2006 10:32:21 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: El Gato

"Rabbits are not rodents" - yeah, I know, just a convenient excuse to use the ROUS comment...

Dang. that there is some humungous hasenpfeffer! :-)


36 posted on 04/04/2006 10:38:22 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rage is the fuel that powers the islamic machine)
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To: El Gato; dighton
Rabbits are not rodents ...

You are quite correct, those giant rabbits look nothing like a giant mouse:


37 posted on 04/04/2006 10:39:49 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: Hegemony Cricket

That is correct 16 oz = 1lb 14 lb = one stone


38 posted on 04/04/2006 10:40:06 AM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: aculeus
My kissing bunnies seem appropriate here


39 posted on 04/04/2006 10:43:22 AM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: aculeus

Since animals are incapable of processing human symbols (wedding veils, wedding cake, etc.), exactly how can an animal be belittled?


40 posted on 04/04/2006 10:45:31 AM PDT by Gingersnap
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To: El Gato

41 posted on 04/04/2006 1:54:30 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (When Al Franken had his bris, they threw away the baby and saved the foreskin.)
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To: Gingersnap

Exactly. At most, the bunny might be annoyed with an uncomfortable thing stuck on it's body, but with no real understanding of the thing...

On that level, it's not that much different than a young horse being broken to bit and bridle (I'm not a horsey person, sorry if I said that wrong) or a dog having a collar put on it, and being trained to a leash.

Not demeaning at all, kinda cute IMO, but utterly pointless. Bet they liked the carrot cake tho :-)


42 posted on 04/04/2006 2:12:10 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: Gingersnap

And you saw the size of those things. If they felt "belittled" they could sure register an effective protest.


43 posted on 04/04/2006 3:10:25 PM PDT by linda_22003
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To: rod1

yes, but they wouldn't let jimmah and his wabbits into the
St.Paul City Hall for fear of offending someone.


44 posted on 04/04/2006 3:25:09 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Muslims pray to Allah, Allah prays to Chuck Norris.(one nation, under sharia))
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To: aculeus; xsmommy; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

"Wookey Hole Caves"? Not something I'd care to see, I imagine.


45 posted on 04/04/2006 3:27:38 PM PDT by Argh
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To: El Gato

you are right, rabbits are lagomorphs and not rodents.


46 posted on 04/14/2006 4:21:43 AM PDT by cptmash
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