Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

DESTROYING RABBITS.

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,

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AG19050510.2.20.1

Bibliographic details

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

Word Count
285

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

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.

Working