Below is a guest blog by Luis Leonel an animal rights activist.
After the British writer, broadcaster, activist and former vegetarian Jeanette Winterson caught a rabbit eating her roses and sprouts in her Cotswolds garden, she killed, skinned, boned, cooked the animal, fed the innards to her cat and took several photos which were posted on her Twitter account. Winterson even joked about crafting a glove puppet with the animal’s head.
The Twitter backlash, she’s now facing, hasn’t frightened her. She defies animal rights activists and pledges to continue to cull rabbits because she considers them a pest. What Winterson seemingly doesn’t know is that the last few decades have seen the rabbit population of the UK almost destroyed due to the highly contagious rabbit hemorrhagic caused by a calicivirus that affects only wild and domesticated European rabbits.
“Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” was the first novel of Jeannete Winterson. Perhaps, she’d now write a new book about the culinary arts with the title “Rabbits Are Not the Only Animal”.