Bunnies from Mandela's former prison feed the poor

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Posted: Nov 13, 2009 10:33 AM

An official from the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned says rabbits killed to control an infestation will be fed to the poor.

Henry Bredekamp says all the rabbits that are certified safe for human consumption will be donated to charity beginning Monday.

Robben Island has been battling an explosion of rabbits that threatens to damage its sensitive vegetation.

There are an estimated 25,000 rabbits. Bredekamp said Friday about 2,000 have been shot in the past month under the supervision of animal welfare experts.

Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 years on a conviction of treason and sabotage against the white racist government. The island is now a World Heritage Site and the prison has been turned into a museum.