Accrington author kills rabbit who ate her parsley

Jeanette Winterson

Her tweets on the rabbit skinning controversy

First published in Hyndburn Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

AUTHOR Jeanette Winterson caused a stir online when she uploaded a picture of a skinned rabbit she had caught and killed — because it was eating her parsley.

The Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit writer, who went to Accrington and Rossendale College, also used Twitter to tell her 32,700 followers it would make a ‘great glove puppet’.

The 54-year-old writer and journalist posted a picture of the disembowelled rabbit carcass, lying on a kitchen counter, alongside the words: “Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.”

And although she later tweeted to say she trapped and killed the rabbit humanely, and deleted a tweet saying the carcass would make a glove puppet, Jeanette still faced criticism from other users of the micro-blogging site.

Jacqueline Looker said: “Before I unfollow you, you make me sick. I will never again read a word you write. Rest in peace, little rabbit.”

Jeanette replied: “Do you only read vegetarians? If not, why is farmed meat fine but personally trapped disgusting? Think about it.”

Jeanette also uploaded pictures of her cooking rabbit meat ‘in cider with rosemary and thyme’, and a picture of her cat eating the rabbit’s innards.

She tweeted: “No waste, no packaging, no processing, no food miles.”

User HollyHox said in a message to the author: “Thing is that most people don’t feel a need to post such a graphic image and joke about it. That’s the difference.”

And Arthur Japin said: “How your cat and you have disappointed me. At least the cat has an excuse.”

However, some users defended the series of tweets with some even asking for tips.

Hazel James wrote: “Isn’t that the balance of nature? At least it’s fresh, not like the frozen tasteless ones butchers sell.”

Annie-Marie Speed said: “Delicious and very eco friendly.” And Keith Morton wrote: “Which wine did you have with it? Looks lovely.”

Jeanette could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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12:10pm Tue 17 Jun 14

drunken donut says...

Good for you, got rid of a pest and had a meal, rabbit is one of my favourite meats it is very good for you. Prepare for the false outrage from the bunny huggers though.
Good for you, got rid of a pest and had a meal, rabbit is one of my favourite meats it is very good for you. Prepare for the false outrage from the bunny huggers though. drunken donut
  • Score: 15

12:19pm Tue 17 Jun 14

useyourhead says...

such a fuss, it isn't as though she stole next doors pet rabbit, if i had wild rabbit in my garden I might do the same, particularly if it was destroying my crops.
such a fuss, it isn't as though she stole next doors pet rabbit, if i had wild rabbit in my garden I might do the same, particularly if it was destroying my crops. useyourhead
  • Score: 7

12:33pm Tue 17 Jun 14

HarryBosch says...

Too many over sensitive people. If it had been a cat they would have had grounds for concern. That's the downside of social media though, opinions on both sides of the argument. My opinion - rabbits are fair game.
Too many over sensitive people. If it had been a cat they would have had grounds for concern. That's the downside of social media though, opinions on both sides of the argument. My opinion - rabbits are fair game. HarryBosch
  • Score: 9

12:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Oooh, have some compassion for the rabbit, serve with baby carrots..
Oooh, have some compassion for the rabbit, serve with baby carrots.. woolywords
  • Score: -3

12:57pm Tue 17 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Reminds me of the movie.. Watership Down,
you've heard the theme tune,
been to see the movie,
now eat the pie!
Reminds me of the movie.. Watership Down, you've heard the theme tune, been to see the movie, now eat the pie! woolywords
  • Score: -2

1:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

rudis_dad says...

If god didn't intend for humans to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat? Mmmm, rabbity....
If god didn't intend for humans to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat? Mmmm, rabbity.... rudis_dad
  • Score: -8

1:53pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Cimbri says...

Wonder if this will lead to pickets outside Sainsburys, famed for selling rabbit.

Am not sure if the voting here is done by vegans or just vegetables.
Wonder if this will lead to pickets outside Sainsburys, famed for selling rabbit. Am not sure if the voting here is done by vegans or just vegetables. Cimbri
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

hunter3062 says...

TOP WOMAN..
TOP WOMAN.. hunter3062
  • Score: -1

2:50pm Tue 17 Jun 14

ossym says...

Eating her furry friends, whatever next!
Eating her furry friends, whatever next! ossym
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

drunken donut wrote:
Good for you, got rid of a pest and had a meal, rabbit is one of my favourite meats it is very good for you. Prepare for the false outrage from the bunny huggers though.
Well that's probably all that's available for you Shadsworth scratters once all the smart price pot noodles have gone off the shelves.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: Good for you, got rid of a pest and had a meal, rabbit is one of my favourite meats it is very good for you. Prepare for the false outrage from the bunny huggers though.[/p][/quote]Well that's probably all that's available for you Shadsworth scratters once all the smart price pot noodles have gone off the shelves. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -6

6:13pm Tue 17 Jun 14

thoroughbred says...

fair game, I hated seeing my mum skin them, when we were kids, but they're at the bottom of the food chain, nutritious and natural culling is not a bad thing.
Ask the farmers whose crops they ruin.
fair game, I hated seeing my mum skin them, when we were kids, but they're at the bottom of the food chain, nutritious and natural culling is not a bad thing. Ask the farmers whose crops they ruin. thoroughbred
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

POW WOW says...

She bears a canny resemblance to that Buchenwald woman Ilse Koch. Nothing more than Pure Evil !!!!!!!!
She bears a canny resemblance to that Buchenwald woman Ilse Koch. Nothing more than Pure Evil !!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 4

10:42pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Mothernature says...

So, out of SPITE, this woman killed an animal that wasn't needed as a food source. Then you wonder what's wrong with this world! Shameful, spiteful woman.
So, out of SPITE, this woman killed an animal that wasn't needed as a food source. Then you wonder what's wrong with this world! Shameful, spiteful woman. Mothernature
  • Score: 1

12:06am Wed 18 Jun 14

Graham Hartley says...

Jeanette Winterson is literature's intonate new jester. Read her and be sated.
Jeanette Winterson is literature's intonate new jester. Read her and be sated. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -1

9:39am Wed 18 Jun 14

ossym says...

Mothernature wrote:
So, out of SPITE, this woman killed an animal that wasn't needed as a food source. Then you wonder what's wrong with this world! Shameful, spiteful woman.
Eat local, save global.
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: So, out of SPITE, this woman killed an animal that wasn't needed as a food source. Then you wonder what's wrong with this world! Shameful, spiteful woman.[/p][/quote]Eat local, save global. ossym
  • Score: -1

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