Friday, October 16, 2009

The Fuel Behind Winter Light

If true, this means we need to re-think all our preconceptions of Sweden as a land of boundlessly gentle and gleeful people:

The Swedes ... have found a new use for rabbits: heating fuel. According to Der Spiegel, stray rabbits in Stockholm are being shot, frozen and then shipped to a heating plant to be incinerated ... The Swedes have a variety of similar efforts, including turning slaughterhouse trimmings into biogas, a methane fuel that runs taxicabs in Linkoping in southern Sweden.
I might have known all was not well in Sweden based on all the stern faces and the presence of a hunting shotgun in Winter Light.

In their defense,
the bunnies are a menace; a plague of wild and stray pet rabbits is devouring [Stockholm]'s parks. Some 3,000 have been killed thus far this year, down from 6,000 last year, Tommy Tuvunger, a professional hunter who works for the city, told [Der Spiegel].
Really, what choice do they have? The bunnies would gun down the Swedes and use their biomass for fuel if they had the wits, technology, and opposeable thumbs to pull it off.

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