An Author Caused An Uproar After She Tweeted Photos Of A Rabbit She Killed, Skinned, And Ate

"The skin makes a great glove puppet."

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Award-winning author Jeanette Winterson has sparked a passionate debate on Twitter after uploading pictures of a rabbit she killed in her garden before eating it.

The Oranges are not the Only Fruit writer posted the images on Sunday after catching the rabbit eating her parsley.

The 54-year-old tweeted pictures of the skinned rabbit.

And showed it being cooked.

She even posted pictures of her cat eating the rabbit’s innards.

For all the Tweeters who said my cat would prefer Whiskers (where do u think pet food comes from BTW?)

JEANETTE WINTERSON@Wintersonworld

For all the Tweeters who said my cat would prefer Whiskers (where do u think pet food comes from BTW?)

7:41 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The images received a mixed reaction on Twitter, with some expressing their anger at what they deemed animal cruelty, especially after the author said the rabbit's skin would make a "great glove puppet".

@prixpics In a trap next to the parsley bed. The skin which includes the head makes a great glove puppet

JEANETTE WINTERSON@Wintersonworld

@prixpics In a trap next to the parsley bed. The skin which includes the head makes a great glove puppet

12:19 PM - 15 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld hope the rabbit chokes you wicked old cow

Adrian Ellis@Adr2710

@Wintersonworld hope the rabbit chokes you wicked old cow

10:25 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld you are vile. Yes rabbit can be eaten but to kill your own pet and then....

Abbie Ross@absross

@Wintersonworld you are vile. Yes rabbit can be eaten but to kill your own pet and then....

10:20 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld ......glamorise it is disgusting. I hope the @RSPCA_official get hold of u

Abbie Ross@absross

@Wintersonworld ......glamorise it is disgusting. I hope the @RSPCA_official get hold of u

10:20 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld If there is let me know, because I'd quite like to do the same to you. You're equally bigoted & conceited.

Christina Wellor@ChristinaWellor

@Wintersonworld If there is let me know, because I'd quite like to do the same to you. You're equally bigoted & conceited.

10:21 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld You're a heartless cunt! Plant something for the rabbit, fence the rest off & leave things be. There's no need for this

James Fallows@James_Fallows

@Wintersonworld You're a heartless cunt! Plant something for the rabbit, fence the rest off & leave things be. There's no need for this

10:23 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld this is out of order and I think that you should remove this picture, if you have trapped this poor animal you don't need

claire parsons@panda1978

@Wintersonworld this is out of order and I think that you should remove this picture, if you have trapped this poor animal you don't need

10:28 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld u are disgusting..its the fact u making a joke of this. I notice u call urself a 'nature lover' maybe u should change that!

Kirsty Leighton@LadyKoist

@Wintersonworld u are disgusting..its the fact u making a joke of this. I notice u call urself a 'nature lover' maybe u should change that!

10:37 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld, if you think the stronger species survives, can't wait to see you get caught by a lion

adriana zidu@adrianaazidu

@Wintersonworld, if you think the stronger species survives, can't wait to see you get caught by a lion

10:39 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld that's absolutely disgusting, it's not up to you to kill the rabbit, what gives you the right, it's sickening

PLEASE LUKE@ChloeNeillJLS

@Wintersonworld that's absolutely disgusting, it's not up to you to kill the rabbit, what gives you the right, it's sickening

10:41 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld everything has a right to live..is it ok to start killing people because there are too many of us...NO! vile bitch!

Kirsty Leighton@LadyKoist

@Wintersonworld everything has a right to live..is it ok to start killing people because there are too many of us...NO! vile bitch!

10:44 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld You are disgusting! That poor innocent animal! Anything for publicity!

Kerrie @MissChief77

@Wintersonworld You are disgusting! That poor innocent animal! Anything for publicity!

10:46 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld #before i unfollow u,u make me sick. I will never again. read a word u write. Rest in peace little rabbit.

jacqueline looker@lepavego68

@Wintersonworld #before i unfollow u,u make me sick. I will never again. read a word u write. Rest in peace little rabbit.

11:13 AM - 15 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's one (bad) thing eating meat. But photographing killing & skinning an animal & bragging about it, is quite another. @Wintersonworld

Christina Wellor@ChristinaWellor

It's one (bad) thing eating meat. But photographing killing & skinning an animal & bragging about it, is quite another. @Wintersonworld

10:18 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld Thing is that most decent people don't feel a need to post such a graphic image & joke about it. That's the difference.

HollyHox@HollHox

@Wintersonworld Thing is that most decent people don't feel a need to post such a graphic image & joke about it. That's the difference.

6:49 AM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There was considerable support for the 54-year-old as well though.

Some people very unhappy about @Wintersonworld killing a rabbit. We'd all have more respect for food if we had to kill it once in a while.

Malachy Tallack@malachytallack

Some people very unhappy about @Wintersonworld killing a rabbit. We'd all have more respect for food if we had to kill it once in a while.

10:10 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld makes perfect sense to me. And I'm a vegetarian!

Ruth Rosselson@RuthRosselson

@Wintersonworld makes perfect sense to me. And I'm a vegetarian!

9:07 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So Jeanette Winterson @Wintersonworld killed & cooked a rabbit. This is news? How do you think supermarkets get their meat? By killing it.

Robert@bbqbobs

So Jeanette Winterson @Wintersonworld killed & cooked a rabbit. This is news?

How do you think supermarkets get their meat? By killing it.

10:32 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Think that @Wintersonworld is absolutely spot on with rabbit tweets. Good food, humanely sourced in an ecologically sensitive way...

Gareth Morris@Gareth_E_Morris

Think that @Wintersonworld is absolutely spot on with rabbit tweets. Good food, humanely sourced in an ecologically sensitive way...

10:35 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

What a world when people complain @Wintersonworld for humanely killing/eat a rabbit but will guzzle a @McDonalds down...

Fantastical Dom ツ@Fantastical_Dom

What a world when people complain @Wintersonworld for humanely killing/eat a rabbit but will guzzle a @McDonalds down...

10:45 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld. Totally with you on the rabbit thing. Carry on!

Steve Kirby@Stevok

@Wintersonworld. Totally with you on the rabbit thing. Carry on!

10:42 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I have total respect for what you did,@Wintersonworld and Im a vegetarian. Rabbits are a pest, meat farms are cruel, This is a good solution

Neil Sinclair@neilsinclair

I have total respect for what you did,@Wintersonworld and Im a vegetarian. Rabbits are a pest, meat farms are cruel, This is a good solution

7:05 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Women being stoned to death in Lahore, girls being raped and hung in Uttar Pradesh and ppl upset about @Wintersonworld skinning a rabbit!

John Westwood@DaDoJohnJohn

Women being stoned to death in Lahore, girls being raped and hung in Uttar Pradesh and ppl upset about @Wintersonworld skinning a rabbit!

10:59 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld A storm in a D cup! Looks delicious. Rabbits have moved into my garden but fond of them.

Michele Knight@MicheleKnight

@Wintersonworld A storm in a D cup! Looks delicious. Rabbits have moved into my garden but fond of them.

10:47 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Wintersonworld I'm vegetarian - but agree wholeheartedly.

CazzPink@CazzPink

@Wintersonworld
I'm vegetarian - but agree wholeheartedly.

9:06 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Winterson remains unrepentant and said she was interested in the debate her posts had caused.

RABBITS! Fascinated by the vast conversation. Decided to follow thru with photos. I eat wild game&fish. Learned to skin, pluck, gut, bone

JEANETTE WINTERSON@Wintersonworld

RABBITS! Fascinated by the vast conversation. Decided to follow thru with photos. I eat wild game&fish. Learned to skin, pluck, gut, bone

6:50 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Tuesday she posted pictures of her garden, allegedly eaten by the rabbit.

Picture of eaten alive rose (8more!) All old fashioned varieties planted for bees.

JEANETTE WINTERSON@Wintersonworld

Picture of eaten alive rose (8more!) All old fashioned varieties planted for bees.

10:47 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Picture of my sprout plants grown from seed after rabbit attack!

JEANETTE WINTERSON@Wintersonworld

Picture of my sprout plants grown from seed after rabbit attack!

10:42 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And this morning, the author stood by her view that rabbits must be culled at their current levels.

Rabbits! At pest level they must be culled. This year is pest level in the countryside. Rabbits are sold @ market. Why not eat what u catch?

JEANETTE WINTERSON@Wintersonworld

Rabbits! At pest level they must be culled. This year is pest level in the countryside. Rabbits are sold @ market. Why not eat what u catch?

9:05 AM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite