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September 18, 2004

That Poor Bunny!

Writing about web page http://www.krohm.net/bernd.htm


Is there anything cuter than a bunny rabbit? All that nice furry coat, the doeful, sad, big eyes. Those little paws. The enigmatic expression in their faces. Even the ears demand stroking. Aww…. don't you just want to give them hugs?

Rabbits are also edible .

Imagine my horror when I read this Guardian article today. Apparently, there is a guy in Europe, who is holding a cute little rabbit called Bernd for ransom. The price, one million Euros!

Just pause for a moment to reflect on this situation. This webmaster, who calls himself Chris Krohm (It seems a little naive of him to give his real name, no?) had found Bernd next to a bottle bank. Now, instead of doing what normal people would do (Give it away, Love it, Let Nature Take Its Course ) decide to threaten it with death on the dinner plate unless people send in an insanely generous amount by the end of the year. If he does raise this amount, Bernd would, he promises, live out a life of luxury. If not, he will be cooked. Krohm has already raised 30,000 Euros.

Genius, isn't it?

I mean er… think of the sheer nastiness of it. Cute little bunny meets horrible death. Its enough to make you gag. And if people do pay up, what then? It would set up a precedent for more of this sort of thing, endangering the lives of so many more cute, furry animals. This is the stance of the RSPCA - don't pay up. It looks like poor Bernd is doomed.

And yet, Krohm is not breaking any law. (As far as I am aware!) While kidnapping is an offense, kid does not mean kid in the young goat definition. Rabbits, too, get eaten all the time, and it would be impossible to regislate against Krohm's acts. For all the blatant indecency of his proposal, the authorities are powerless to act as they normally would.

Of course, if anyone pays off my debts (10,000), I'll be happy to organise a commando raid of some sort to rescue Bernd from his captor. But Krohm can easily find another hostage ...

So what do you think? What should be done?


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