In January and February 2015, the ASPCA and NYPD seized 175 rabbits from a woman in Brooklyn. The rabbits were reportedly living outdoors, suffering from syphilis, conjunctivitis and other illnesses. Logo jackets were donned, sad rabbits were displayed, photographs were taken and presumably, donations were collected. Since the seizure, approximately 60 more bunnies have been born. And the bills for housing the animals have been adding up all these months.
The owner was charged with animal cruelty but has yet to go to trial. She has claimed the rabbits were part of a breeding scheme, designed to produce pastel colored bunnies and make her a multi-millionaire. I wonder where she got the wacky idea that there are millions to be made off animals.
The ASPCA sent an attorney to a bond hearing in the case last week to fight for permission from the judge to kill the seized animals. The judge ruled in favor of the bunnies:
“None of the rabbits shall be killed,” the judge order, adding, “If they die of natural causes that’s one thing, but if they need to be euthanized you need a further order.”
One of the animal advocates closely involved with the case said on social media that the “ASPCA lawyer jumped to her feet to argue for him to change his mind” but the judge did not waiver. I always wondered what it would take to get the ASPCA to jump in response to an animal case. Now I know.
The judge ordered the owner to pay the ASPCA for the cost of caring for the rabbits but it’s not known if or when that might happen.
Anyhoo, so tragic. The ASPCA is going to have to actually do their jobs and prevent cruelty to animals instead of inflicting it via mass bunny killing. And they’re going to have to open up their fat wallet and part with some dollars too. *single tear*
(Thanks Nathan for sending me this story.)