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TO THE EDITOR. A. few days ago a very respected farmer m this district was fined £5 (the full penalty) for not poisoning his rabbits when requested to do so by the Inspector. It was shown m the evidence that he was keeping them well down by the slower bat much more humane method of shooting them. I coasider that the present method of poisoning rabbits is downright cruelty to animals. Few people have any idea of the fearful torture the poor creatures endure that are killed by phosphorisod pollard. They generally take it m tbe evening, and after eating, their stomachs are gradually and slowly burnt awsy. This process £oes on for hours, and sometimes days, and during that time the rabbit* endure most horrible torture and asony, and their pitiful cries of p%in can never be forgotten by any one who has heard them. I admit that the rabbits must be poisoned on the hills and rough country: it is a case of necessity; but on the plains and riverbeds they ought to be destroyed with dog and gun. I cannot understand why the Rabbit Inspectors are taking so active measures just now. I have not heard anyone complaining about the number of rabbits-I mean the farmers •wkofeed them. The'rabbits are not m-I erasing on the plains, and they are about STonfy sport that is handy. I am told that the hares are taking the wretched noison as well as the rabbits. If so they will both be exterminated. What are oar young men to do for sport 1 For my part, if I cannot get a day's sport occasionally, 1 am offi to a coantry where I can.— l am,

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DESTROYING RABBITS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6566, 10 May 1905

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DESTROYING RABBITS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6566, 10 May 1905

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