January 10, 2007

THE SADDEST THING ABOUT NORTH KOREA...:

FAT GERMAN RABBITS TO FEED POOR: Monster Bunnies For North Korea> (David Crossland, 1/09/07, Der Spiegel)

It all started when Karl Szmolinsky won a prize for breeding Germany's largest rabbit, a friendly-looking 10.5 kilogram "German Gray Giant" called Robert, in February 2006.

Images of the chubby monster went around the world and reached the reclusive communist state of North Korea, a country of 23 million which according to the United Nations Food Programme suffers widespread food shortages and where many people "struggle to feed themselves on a diet critically deficient in protein, fats and micronutrients."

Szmolinsky, 67, from the eastern town of Eberswalde near Berlin, recalls how the North Korean embassy approached his regional breeding federation and enquired whether it might be willing to sell some rabbits to set up a breeding farm in North Korea. He was the natural choice for the job.

Each of his rabbits produces around seven kilograms of meat, says Szmolinsky, who was so keen to help alleviate hunger in the impoverished country that he made the North Koreans a special price -- €80 per rabbit instead of the usual €200 to €250.

"They'll be used to help feed the population," Szmolinsky told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "I've sent them 12 rabbits so far, they're in a petting zoo for now. I'll be travelling to North Korea in April to advise them on how to set up a breeding farm. A delegation was here and I've already given them a book of tips."


...is that the rabbits will probably just out-compete the people for the grass that's been a staple of their diets.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2007 4:54 PM
Comments

Oh, great. Just great. Now giant mutant rabbits will be armed with nuclear weapons. Thanks a lot, Bill Clinton!

Posted by: Just John at January 10, 2007 6:45 PM

I can just hear Dear Leader promising a "rabbit in every pot".

Posted by: Dave W at January 10, 2007 7:16 PM

How do you say "Night of the Lepus" in Korean?

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 10, 2007 9:24 PM

Mike:

Very good. Will the rabbits eat kimchi?

Posted by: ratbert at January 11, 2007 1:33 AM
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