Friday, August 27, 2010

Thump on the Head to Opportunistic Writer & Reality Show Wannabe

Warning this blog entry is about cruelty to rabbits. There is a new book out I am going to skip reading. It is “My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm (Scribner). This is clearly a book deal gimmick. Manny Howard manages to have a farm in his Brooklyn backyard from March to August and in the process paralyzes and eats a pregnant rabbit. He has made the rounds on TV and has had several articles written about his attempt at “urban farming.” This experiment was grossly inhumane. He described the rabbit “growling” at him when he was cleaning the hutch. Obviously, he did not educate himself in the least on the behavior of the animals he purchased for his so-called "farm." Of course, rabbits and especially a pregnant female rabbit will grunt and lunge when threatened. Apparently, Mr. Howard feels his ignorance makes for amusing reading. In an interview with Elle Magazine he was asked if he was still freelancing and he responded: “Yes, I am, but later in the week I’m going to pitch my TV agent another wacky reality show that involves me doing stupid *%$#*.” So it seems he is willing to do whatever is necessary to get a book deal or TV show including hitting a female rabbit with a dust pan until she is paralyzed and then having her for dinner. This is not an "Empire of Dirt" - it is a dirty business.