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    Prison bosses cull thousands of rabbits at prison for wrecking sports field

    NewsRabbits and bunniesTuesday 10 September 2013
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    Prison bosses have decided to cull thousands of rabbits at the Ford Open Prison to eradicate the animals after they began to start destroying a sports field that was meant for inmates.

    The prison governors called in pest controllers to kill the animals after holes began to appear in the pitch. It is estimated that over 5000 bunnies were at the grounds of the West Sussex prison. They decided to press ahead to stop the problem from getting out of hand.

    A source speaking to the Mirror said that “They may look cute and furry but they cause huge damage.

    “They couldn’t be ­allowed to continue ­increasing in huge ­numbers as it would have ended up that the inmates couldn’t use the sports field.

    “As a result the ­decision was taken to cull them.”

    The prison service said that “Staff at Ford prison have contacted pest ­controllers to find a humane way to reduce the number of rabbits on site. There has been no disruption to the prison regime.”

    Users reacted with dismay on the social networks. One user who is said to be an ex con at the prison was sad as the rabbits provided comfort for prisoners entering the prison and leaving. He is quoted as saying “The sight of twenty or thirty baby rabbits grazing in the sunshine has softened the heart of many, many a hardened criminal. Is a game of football really worth this sacrifice? 

    The prison itself has been criticised for its lax security and soft regime. One murderer, Paul Flint, left the jail by simply walking out of the front gate. Also on New Years Day 2011 prisons went on a riot and caused £5 million worth of damage.

     

     

    Source: Mirror

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