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And I Used To Keep Rabbits As Pets [May. 6th, 2017|10:56 am]
Tony Grist
God knows I resisted, but I've had to accept it as a fact that if you're going to have a garden it's a really bad idea to let rabbits have free access to it- because they'll ring bark trees and kill them and eat anything else that appeals to them- and it's an even worse idea to have rabbits actually living inside the garden- as we currently do.

And so:

We have arranged for Matthew to put rabbit proof fencing round the garden


I have licenced a couple of local gunnies to come in and reduced the rabbit population. I thought I'd have to pay them but that's not how it works. They have various outlets for dead rabbits and they're sportsmen and shooting over our land is cheaper than going to the firing range. It's a reciprocal arrangement; they have something I want and I have something they want. It's fair exchange. It's pre or post money.

The longer I live here the more I feel my boots sinking into the comfortable mulch of the rural economy.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-05-06 02:20 pm (UTC)

I am supposing that even with foxes about, rabbits don't have enough natural predators in your area so measures like this become very necessary to keep the population down . Unfortunate but understandable.  Similar solutions had to be taken in my birth state of Michigan to control the Whitetail Deer which devastate crops there.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-06 03:42 pm (UTC)
My mother used to have a dog who killed the odd rabbit and made sure the others knew their place in the great scheme of things. Since she died the rabbits have prospered and grown bold.

I haven't seen a fox for a while.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-05-06 03:43 pm (UTC)
its the deer that love my hosta

sirius luckily loves rabbit
so he's done a far job of rabbit control

after seeing my trees are dying
I'm thinking growing food here
is a bad idea.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-06 04:24 pm (UTC)
We got a cat to keep the rodents under control- which he does- but he says rabbits are above his pay grade.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-05-06 06:24 pm (UTC)
In the village where our project is based the population of rabbits has always been kept in perfect balance by the villagers hunting them to eat them sometimes. But now, the trend of becoming "civilised and European" is all the rage here and they decided to ban this "savage practice" only to let the population of rabbits go crazy, do a lot of damage and have to die a brutal death in a horrible meaningless industrial cull anyway (and leave those villagers hungry too). I think it is a load of bull crap. It does not make any sense to replace something that has been working very well for centuries just because "you need something scientific" instead.

Edited at 2017-05-06 06:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-06 08:08 pm (UTC)
I agree.

Rabbits are prey animals. Every carnivore eats them. They breed profusely to offset their naturally high mortality rate. If predation stops their numbers soon get out of hand.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-05-06 08:27 pm (UTC)
And then we still need to kill them in an industrial cull anyway.

We caught two local guys with two illegally killed rabbits while patrolling our lot once and a couple of locals on our team wanted to hand them over to the police. That could have ruined their lives, because here the law does not apply to the elites who robbed their own people but once the system catches a couple of simple defenceless peasants for as much as taking some wood from the forest to heat the house in winter (we are talking collecting the wood not chopping the trees down), it falls on them like a ton of communist bricks. Doing a couple of years in prison for this is possible.

The guys were from one of the villages nearby, one had four little kids, the other one three. They lived at the edge of that forest for generations and they eat those rabbits. There are no jobs here, there is no social security, no infrastructure to do farming on a decent scale. After spending some time there I tend to view doing some hunting in and taking some wood from that forest by that very small group of people who have lived at the edge of that forest for generations as their natural right. But I have to make sure that the rich hipsters from the capital don't figure out that I think that, they might lose their shit over "the poor rabbits" and "protect nature". We did not hand the guys over to the police and just let them go home with those rabbits and enjoy some rabbit stew with their families that evening.

Edited at 2017-05-06 08:28 pm (UTC)
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