Rabbit Advocacy Animal Matters
Stockholm's bunnies burned to keep Swedes warm
October 12, 2009 Online: http://www.thelocal.
bodies of thousands of rabbits culled every year from the parks in Stockholm’s
Kungsholmen neighbourhood are being used to fuel a heating plant in central
The decision to use Stockholm’s rabbit cadavers as bioenergy to
warm Swedes living in Värmland doesn't sit well with Stockholm-based animal
A comment to
the story: I doubt that it was cost effective. From the small amount of heat
produced by 6000 bunnies take away
Note: Also, what about the ethical issues? Perhaps we should start reducing the human population.
Scientific American October 14, 2009 reports that about 3,000 have been killed thus far this year, down from 6,000 last year. Bunnies, despite a felicity for breeding, are not quite abundant enough to be a reliable fuel so Stockholm also ships dead cats, cows, deer and horses to the plant for processing, Tuvunger, a professional hunter for the city, told reporters. No word on whether the remains of man’s best friend are also keeping Swedes warm this winter.
Is the world ready for rabbit fuel?
Edmonton Journal October 18, 2009
Remember the old Esso ad that hyped us to put a tiger in our tank? Well, in Sweden these days that might be putting a bunny under the bonnet.
Apparently there is a rabbit "epidemic" in urban Sweden that has been laying waste to many city parks, including Stockholm's. In fact, the municipality has hired professional hunters to rid green spaces of the varmints.
What to do with the terminated quadrupeds? Well, never underestimate Scandinavian technology. Konvex, a Danish firm, is converting Bugs and his friends to biofuel. Already, the Swedes are turning slaughterhouse trimmings into biogas that powers taxis, along with Stockholm's departed cats, deer, cows and horses.
As you might imagine, this new frontier of recycling is not without controversy. The Yes Men, an activist group, played a prank on a gathering of oil industry folk. Posing as executives of ExxonMobil, they earnestly extolled the virtues of a supposedly new product called "Vivoleum." The "fuel of the future" would be made from...dead people. (good idea)
That didn't fly, of course, and there is no word on the disposition of pet dogs, stray or otherwise. But somewhere in here is an opportunity for Ed Stelmach, whose flat address to the province last week left many Albertans wondering whether his government had a vision for the future diversification of the provincial economy.
One imagines our own abundance of rabbits must be getting nervous at this potential green fuel of the future--and then there's the obvious opportunity for Gopher Gas: Tory biofuel of the new century.