Skip to comments.N. Korea: Kim Jong Il ate my rabbits for his birthday
Posted on 04/06/2007 10:24:41 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
April 5, 2007
Kim Jong Il ate my rabbits for his birthday
David Crossland in Berlin
The offspring of the 12 giant rabbits were supposed to help to feed starving North Koreans. Now doubts about their fate have brought an abrupt halt to one of the more unlikely hunger-alleviating projects.
Karl Szmolinsky sold the rabbits to Pyongyang so that they could be used to set up a breeding programme to boost meat production in the Hermit Kingdom.
However, amid concerns that they have been eaten by the countrys leaders, Mr Szmolinsky will not be sending any more.
The 68-year-old breeder had been due to travel to North Korea after Easter to provide advice on setting up a rabbit farm. A North Korean official rang him last week to say that the trip had been cancelled. Mr Szmolinsky said he suspected that his rabbits, which grow to the size of dogs and can weigh over 10kg (22lb), were eaten at a birthday banquet for Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader, although he emphasised that he had no evidence of this.
Its an assumption, not an assertion, Mr Szmolinsky said. But I dont think the animals are alive anymore, I think theyve been eaten.
He added: North Korea wont be getting any more rabbits from me, they dont even need to bother asking. I was looking forward to going on such a trip while Im still fit enough.
The North Korean Embassy in Berlin denied that the rabbits were dead. A spokesman said that they were being used for a breeding programme, and had not been eaten. He added that no one at the embassy had contacted Mr Szmolinsky.
The reclusive communist country celebrated Kim Jong Ils 65th birthday on February 16 with crowds marching and singing in squares in the capital. The Government usually distributes extra food rations to mark the occasion but analysts doubt whether that happened this year because of food shortages and UN sanctions.
Mr Szmolinsky had attracted worldwide media coverage in January with his deal to sell North Korea some of the spectacularly large German grey giants he breeds at his home in Eberswalde, an eastern town near Berlin.
His rabbits can yield up to 7kg (15Ib) of meat each. It had been unclear, however, given their voracious appetite for carrots, potatoes and other top quality vegetables, how they could actually alleviate the food shortages in North Korea rather than actually adding to them.
He sold eight females and four males at a preferential rate of 80 euros (£54) each, a quarter of the usual price, and sent the rabbits in late 2006 in a consignment that included Robert, a friendly-looking monster who won a prize as Germanys largest rabbit.
Assuming he is dead, Robert lives on in his son, Robert II, safe in his hutch in Eberswalde.
In January Mr Szmolinsk said that the rabbits were being kept in a petting zoo in Pyongyang pending his arrival and that he would be prepared to deliver some more to North Korea.
Mr Szmolinsky does not have an especially emotional attachment to the 90 rabbits he breeds each year.
The rabbits are meant to be eaten, theyre like pigs, but these ones were exported for breeding purposes, he said. The 12 he sent could have created 60 news ones each year.
Meanwhile, Mr Szmolinsky, a prominent member of the Brandenburg Rabbit Breeders Association, said he has been in talks with potential rabbit buyers in several countries including Russia, which wants 400, the United States and Cameroon.
China is sending a delegation to inspect my animals in June or July and may ask me to go to Shanghai, he added.
However, it is more likely that rabbits died of shortage of food or were eaten by somebody there.
At the least, they do not want another Westerner who would pile up another personal testimony on what is already a mountain of witness accounts regarding appalling situation of N. Korea.
It took 68 years for this boob to discover Communists lie; how long will it take for him to do something about it, such as quit voting for the would-be Communists at home?
According to some earlier reports, he lived under East Germany.
Those are Giant Gerbals. Barney Frank is beside hisself.
I always thought rabbits were a little more, active? Unless he means each of the 12 could have created 60.
Someone ought to send Chia Pet a DVD of Wallace and Gromit’s “Curse of the WereRabbit”
I don’t see what the big deal is - the rabbits were consumed - send more - make more money - eventually “Dear Leader” grows tired of rabbit and decides to let the people have a few. It’s capitalism baby
I wonder what ever happened to that kid.
SL he has pirate copy of Loony Tunes cartoons I wonder if he has Kill the wabbit by Elmur Fudd LOL!
I have feeling Chia Pet has DVD copy of Team America
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