A YOUNG man who grabbed a rabbit from the petting corner at a zoo and fed it to the alligators was told yesterday to expect a jail sentence.
Damien French, 20, laughed as he dropped the white rabbit from a balcony into a pond in the alligators' enclosure, where it was seized and eaten by a large male called Albert.
French, of Colwyn Bay, North Wales, was found guilty of cruelty after a day-long trial in Llandudno. Alan Roberts, chairman of the magistrates, told him that a custodial sentence was a "very likely" option. The offence carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment.
(Story from The Times.)
Update 11th March 2006 -
Incidentally, Chris Jackson, the zoo's administrative director, said: “This is a salutary lesson to people who indulge in mindless attacks on defenceless animals."
Well. Should this guy really be going to prison?
OK, it wasn't a very nice thing to do, but presumably Albert and his mates do not survive on organic cucumbers? I would imagine that the zoo must feed them meat on a pretty regular basis, and so far as I know most meat comes from cute'n'cuddly little animawls - animals that get killed at some point, either at the hands of an abattoir-worker, or at the jaws of a crocodile.