SOAPBOX: I came this close to becoming a criminal

I HAVE a criminal mind.

On a recent roadtrip back from NSW, I was overwhelmed by devious thoughts on ways I could break the law and use it to my advantage.

Luckily, the angel on my shoulder told me the consequences far outweighed any personal gains.

And yes, I'm talking about rabbits.

If you can believe it, our state has the world's toughest anti-rabbit regime.

In fact, Queensland is the only place in the world where it's illegal to keep a domestic rabbit.

Possession of just one long-eared bundle of bunny-joy could leave me with a $44,000 fine and six months in prison.

According to our legal system, I would be better off possessing marijuana.

It makes no sense to me that our southern neighbours are free to have pet rabbits run rampant through their homes but if I did the same, it could lead to a jail term.

Oh, the humanity!

On crossing the border between NSW and Queensland, motorists are confronted with an imposing sign declaring our state a rabbit-free zone.

The only people allowed to have them are magicians and circus folk (go figure) or universities for scientific purposes.

Now, I know rabbits are a pest and are destructive to our environment, and I do agree that possession of rabbits should be regulated, but I don't see why we can't keep a rabbit at home just for fun.

They make great pets and, to be candid, are adorable. So I say, lift the bunny-ban and let us all unite as a rabbit-loving state!
 


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Night works begin on The Coast Rd

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