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Last Updated: Wednesday April 05 2006 10:00 GMT

Giant rabbit marriage condemned

Amy and Roberto
The RSPCA is hopping mad about a stunt in which two giant rabbits were married in a fake wedding ceremony.

Continental Giant rabbits Roberto and Amy, who are both about 1m long, were dressed up in hats and veils.

But the animal charity called it "belittling" and said it sent out the wrong message about animals.

Annette Edwards of Worcestershire, who owns the rabbits, said the ceremony wasn't cruel and that the creatures were "very well looked after".

A bowler hat was placed on the head of Roberto, aged three, who is 1.6m (3ft 6in) long and is believed to be the biggest rabbit in the world.

Amy was dressed in a veil and a wedding band was put on her paw.

RSPCA spokeswoman Joanna Barr said: "This puts the wrong message across. Animals are not toys to be dressed up."

Rabbit-lover Ms Edwards said: "These animals are totally spoilt and very well looked after."

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