This rabbit’s in a fine stew

TobyWith Easter coming early this year, AdFreak thought it only appropriate to spotlight Toby the Bunny, the floppy-eared protagonist of SaveToby.com. Toby, a straw-colored bunny rescued several months ago after a brawl with an alley cat (seen here in a pot), is the fluffy-footed friend often dreamed up by authors of children’s books. Considering his once-desperate plight, Toby himself might be content with a lifetime supply of rabbit pellets and a box of kitty litter;  his owner wants Toby to live like a king.

That’s why, his rescuer explains, he is asking visitors to the site to each contribute one dollar toward a $50,000 ransom – or HE WILL EAT HIM! In his own words, “On June 30th, 2005, Toby will die. I am going to take Toby to a butcher to have him slaughter this cute little bunny. I will then prepare Toby for a mid-summer feast.”

Now, I really have no problem with eating rabbits. They’re delicious, doc. But nursing the beast to health just to slaughter him, and naming him to boot? That’s twisted. The site not only includes an open letter to donors, but also a page full of rabbit recipes and photos of Toby on a plate filled with lettuce and carrots, in a boiling pot and on a cutting board.

Toby’s owner seems to have some qualms about the whole thing. “I don’t want to eat Toby, he is my friend and has always been the most loving adorable pet” the letter says. “However, god as my witness, I will devour this little guy unless I get $50,000 USD.” As of Feb. 26, Toby’s owner has raised over $16,380. Not a bad booty. But with June fast approaching, I’d start fattening Toby up right quick. You’re not going to get much meat off that sucker.

—Posted by Deanna Zammit