City Re: What Shall We Do With the Woodland Park Bunnies?
posted by February 15 at 11:24 AMon
Another morning, another missive from firstname.lastname@example.org (aka “Peter Cotton”) about the cruel, nature-hating bastards in the Seattle Parks Department who are removing the rabbits from Woodland Park:
[In Feb 2006] we complained effectively on the Parks Dept’s failure to provide any plan for finding or locating babies left abandoned in park burrows…
(Meaning, I suppose, to tear up the warrens where the rabbits live?)
As a direct result of our complaints then and our threat to file “cruelty to animals” legal charges, the Parks Dept cancelled their Woodland Park rabbit removal project in March 2006.
Keep in mind: These rabbits are not well cared for, nor can the park support them. Because they’re abandoned pets fed by do-gooders in summers and abandoned in winters, they overbreed, starve, become more vulnerable to disease, and die. So by threatening the Parks, Mr. Cotton has effectively prolonged the suffering of the rabbits, etc. But this is the more pertinent question: What’s up with the Parks department letting this lunatic push them around? (I haven’t been able to reach anyone at the Department for comment yet.)
But Mr. Cotton’s letter is the picture of rationality compared to his posts on this Animal Liberation Front site:
On the Parks p.r. person: “Nazi Goebbels perky cheerleader mouthpiece.”
On the rationale for the rabbit removal program: “It is really stupefying how the Parks Dept can malign and misinterpret innocent animal behaviors. This is a sure sign of a Nazi mentality amongst these human bureaucrats.”
Then there are the ALF gurus and sympathizers with their bizarre icons:
And their capital letters:
I DON’T KNOW WHY THESE IDIOTS WOULD THINK RABBITS DON’T BELONG IN A PARK, MAYBE THE “HUMANS” DON’T BELONG THERE!!!!!!!!!!
And their anthropomorphic fantasies:
Total morons with no fucking idea on what the hell they are doing. Wish the bunnies were like this dude so they could kick some human butt.
All for trying to help the poor goddamned rabbits in Woodland Park.
The natural rights of animals are exactly the same as the natural rights of humans. Such rights inhere in all animal species and are independent of any human-made ‘legal codes’.
Which really gets to the heart of the matter: Rights are “human-made ‘legal codes.’” Rights are not like the laws of physics, that exist independent of their description—people invented rights. But it’s not about whether the Edenic fantasizing Mr. Cotton and his ALF pals is right or wrong or increases or decreases the suffering of any rabbits or people anywhere. It’s about message boards and angry emails and righteous indignation and hot air. Which is sad, really. All that psychic energy, wasted on a vapid idea.
Again: Kill ‘em. Kill ‘em all. Make a stew. Feed the hoboes.