OAKLAND (KCBS) – Authorities have removed 21 malnourished rabbits from an apartment complex near Lake Merritt where their owner had been raising them to be eaten.

The rabbits were fed only rice and crowded into two wire cages by an owner who did not understand how to properly raise them, said Marcy Schaaf, director of the non-profit Save A Bunny.

“It’s a craze and that’s a really good word for it. Once people discover what it really takes to slaughter an animal in your backyard, it’s not going to be as popular,” she said.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

The dehydrated animals were covered in excrement because they were stacked on top of each other inside the tiny cages in a common area of the apartment complex.

They are now being held for adoption at the Oakland Animal Shelter. Officials said the shelter now has 55 rabbits housed in a space designed for 30.

“Despite being cruelly treated, they are still trusting of humans and they’ll make somebody a wonderful companion animal,” Schaaf said, adding that they would be spayed and neutered.

The city plans to hold a number of community meetings to review its agricultural laws this summer because of the renewed interest in urban farming promoted by West Oakland resident Novella Carpenter.

Authorities are investigating whether to bring animal cruelty charges against the rabbits’ owner.

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Comments (12)
  1. Rocio N Barry Gibbons says:

    Only the lowest of the low purposely hurt animals 😦

    1. Me says:

      like other animals?

      1. Rocio N Barry Gibbons says:

        For the most part Animals hunt for survival – I say for the most part because Orcas have been known to mess about with other animals for sheer pleasure. However I would assume that being of a more “intelligent” life form you’d realize I was referring to PEOPLE.

  2. al says:

    exactly. please prosecute the sicko. Yes, people have the right to eat and even raise their own food. But, treat it humanely. But, you know what. This is a modern world – go to the supermarket!

  3. Gizmo says:

    Stick the a**hole in a cage with some rice! Now this I don’t get?? Authorities are investigating whether to bring animal cruelty charges against the rabbits’ owner. Are they serious!!!

  4. kinu says:

    I’ve kept rabbits as pets. I also have no problem with the fact that rabbits can be eaten and make good, nutritious food. But keeping your food animals in filthy, unsanitary, stressful living conditions–is crazy since the animals will have a greater chance of having diseases and things, from their living conditions, that will make the eaters sick–things like salmonella and e.coli, etc. Also, if you only feed your rabbits rice, which isn’t a nutritious food for rabbits, you’re resulting food isn’t going to be highly nutritious. What kind of moron can’t figure that out.

  5. lee says:

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.
    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    1. Jim Bob Duggar says:

      what does this have to do with Bunnies? I am confused

    2. BOB says:

      jimmy, You can change your name, but we still know who you are. Get HELP please!!!!!!

  6. flameforjustice says:

    If you don’t know how to treat the animal humanely you’re raising for consumation you shouldn’t be allowed to consumate that animal.

    1. flameforjustice says:

      misspelling of consume in last sentence,sorry.

  7. walt snow says:

    have kpix news director grow some pecans and show us a picture of this p.o.s.

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