Farmer offers credit crunch victims free food - if they kill it first

PUBLISHED: 13:21 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:27 15 June 2010

A ROUSDON farmer is hoping hungry credit crunch victims will jump at the chance to eat meat for free and can catch rabbits on his farm.

A ROUSDON farmer is hoping hungry credit crunch victims will jump at the chance to eat meat for free - and can catch rabbits on his farm.Peter Hayman, 81, of Charton Farm, wants locals to help tackle a plague of bunnies causing havoc on his land.And top chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has also encouraged people to hunt rabbits at Park Farm.He has published a number of rabbit recipes - including rabbit satay, bunny burgers, rabbit casserole and bunny a la runny honey.Mr Hayman invited people to catch the tasty pests with rifles (if they have licenses), ferrets and nets - or any means possible. He said: "As far as farmers are concerned, rabbits are vermin. They are making a terrible mess on the fields and hedges and eat the grass - reducing the amount of hay harvested."Basically, I'm hoping it will be a win, win situation - I get the rabbits controlled and locals get free rabbit meat."When I was a boy I regularly used to catch and eat them. Today the price of meat means the public's coming back to it - it's good food. Rabbits are a valuable product. I understand it's now sold in shops for £4 a piece.


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