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The Bunologist Aug10

The Bunologist Aug10

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Published by Karen At Boing
August's newsletter features: local & international bunny news, Summer in the US brings glut of unwanted rabbits, Adoption buns, Life at the Do Hop Inn, OECD announces new non-animal testing methods, why spay & neuter your buns
August's newsletter features: local & international bunny news, Summer in the US brings glut of unwanted rabbits, Adoption buns, Life at the Do Hop Inn, OECD announces new non-animal testing methods, why spay & neuter your buns

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Published by: Karen At Boing on Aug 11, 2010
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August 2010
US rabbits discarded
Adopt me!
Life at the Do Hop Inn
Good news for UK rabbits
Why spay & neuter
What’s News?
Driver avoiding rabbit crashes into pond
 26 July 2010 – Austrian Times (Austria)A young woman had a narrow escape as she drove into alake – after trying to avoid a rabbit.Heike Geiblinger from Rohr in Upper Austria’s KremsValley steered her car into a pond next to the road afterspotting the rodent in her headlights yesterday.She only suffered minor injuries after ending up in thewater, while her Fiat was wrecked."I managed to get out of the sinking car through a sidewindow in literally the last second," said the 20-year-old.**Rabbits are NOT rodents. They are lagomorphs. (BOING)
Mr Rabbit for PM
11 August 2010 – Herald Sun (Australia)Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has denied she'sdeliberately slurring her speech in order to call theopposition leader "Mr Rabbit" instead of Mr Abbott.The Prime Minister appeared genuinely perplexed whenasked today if she was lengthening the "r" of "Mr" in orderto call her opponent "Mr Rabbit"."Mr Rabbit? What do you mean," she said when asked mid-way through an otherwise serious interview: "Is the MrRabbit deliberate on your part?"ABC Radio's Jon Faine then had to explain the issue hadbeen running hot on talkback radio.Ms Gillard was genuinely surprised - and perhaps a littlehurt.”I wasn't conscious of that at all," she said."If I am doing it I'm not intending to."
Worthworths are RABBIT FREE!
Since finding out that Colessupermarkets are selling rabbit,we contacted Woolworthssupermarkets to enquire aboutrabbit.We are very happy to report thatWoolworths supermarkets arerabbit meat free!!!We hope they stay that way!!
Radical Rabbit
Our new group Radical Rabbitis growing & developing rapidly.Radical Rabbit aims to educatethe community about all themany issues that face rabbits.Radical Rabbit now has a draftwebsite that is growing &changing – 
If you have any suggestions or ideas for the group or thewebsite, please email us atcrusaders@radicalrabbit.org If you feel like chatting and keeping up with news & storiesabout issues facing rabbits, feel free to join our RadicalRabbit Facebook page -
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=2361831622#!/ group.php?gid=367977773121 
Summer brings glut ofunwanted, discardedrabbits
4 August 2010 – Associated Press (US)CALIFORNIA. — Easter bunnies grow up and the noveltywears off. Come summer, people often just dump thebunnies.That's why the number of rabbits in animal shelters acrossthe country swells every summer."We are in crisis" said Caroline Charland, founder of TheBunny Bunch, which has 350 rabbits who need homes.Charland tries to keep the group's rabbit count around 300,but that isn't always possible, especially in the summer. Killshelters throughout Southern California will call her andsay: "We are euthanizing today. Can you take any rabbits?"Domestic rabbits who make it to shelters and to people likeCharland are the lucky ones, said Betsy Saul, co-founder ofPetfinder.com, an online pet adoption database."People take rabbits out and figure they will survive on theirown," and that's usually a deadly decision for the animals,Saul said."Rabbits can die of heart attacks from the very approach ofa predator," said Mary E. Cotter in New York. She is withthe House Rabbit Society, an international nonprofitorganization that rescues rabbits from animal shelters.The Associated Press, the American Veterinary MedicalAssociation and the American Pet Products Associationestimate rabbits are the pets of choice in about 2 percent ofAmerican households — the same as horses. But inshelters, the animals come in third behind dogs and cats,said Ana Bustilloz, a spokeswoman for SPCA in LosAngeles.Rabbits make good pets because they can easily betrained to use a litter box, come when you call them andwill play tag, Cotter said. They are inquisitive, intelligent,sociable and affectionate.But, she warned, rabbits aren't for everyone.They live seven to 10 or more years, generally they are notgood around small children, they must live indoors andrequire daily feeding, grooming, exercise, together time andcleanup.Rabbits have long been used in research. "Think aboutwhat's necessary from a research animal. They are loving,kind, trusting, incredibly domesticatable, trainable. The verythings that damn them to be such good subjects makethem great pets," Saul said in a telephone interview.The ASPCA estimates it costs $730 a year to care for arabbit. The first year, it will be about $1,055 because of$325 in capital costs (cage, litter box, spay and neutering).A new owner will have to do some rabbit-proofing in areaswhere the animals will roam, Saul said. Rabbits need tochew their entire life — it's not a phase they will outgrow,so cable guards and furniture leg guards will have to beinstalled.Rabbits seem to flourish in mature adult homes, Saul said,because they prefer quiet, bookish pursuits torambunctious play in rowdy homes.At The Burrow, the rabbits seem to know it's safe and oftengreet visitors. One of the friendliest is Nutmeg, a cinnamoncolored red Rex with velvet feeling fur who will stick hernose through the cage to be petted.She was found alongside a road with a broken leg.Education is a big part of what The Bunny Bunch does."We talk as many people out of getting a rabbit as we adoptto," Charland said.People who get rabbits as gifts or from a store will keep therabbits outside, where they can quickly die in heat, or in asmall cage, where they can become aggressive in aconfined space, developing what is called "cage rage" asthey protect their small area, she said.Shelters, rescues and animal experts all have one majorpiece of advice when it comes to rabbits: Give as manyEaster bunnies for gifts as you want next year — but makethem all chocolate.
Adopt me!
Name: Squiggle & Mr BunContact person:
Ruth at 
Location: Melbourne
Readers might remember these two separate buns in thelast newsletter. Squiggle needed to move quickly so shefound a new home with Mr Bun and has bonded very wellwith him. Both buns are now looking for a home together.Mr Bun (dark bun in front) is ahandsome fellow who was foundas a stray in Dandenong. Hewaited at the pound for 8 days butnobody came to collect him. MrBun is around one year of ageand is desexed & vaccinated.Squiggle is a 3 year old desexedfemale bun.If you would like to know more about this lovely couple,please contact Ruth at ruthybee@gmail.com 
Life at the Do Hop Inn
By karenAnother busy month at the Do Hop Inn! Lulu had anexploratory operation to find out why she was havingdifficulty going to the toilet at times.The lump that was felt near her bladder was found to bescar tissue from her spay. The scar tissue had wrappedaround her colon and attached itself to her bladder, whichis why she sometimes was having difficulty. The scartissue was unable to be removed so she has since healedfrom her operation and we are managing her problem withparaffin oil as a laxative to soften her poos. Also, we arethinking that grass hay would be better for her as her poosare very large when eating oaten hay.Peanut & Stuart recovered from their early morning dogattack last month. We have now moved them to our studio,where they share part of the room with Missy & Charlie (ourangoras).Missy & Charlie had a major haircut!!!! It took about tendays to shear off the thick matts on our fluffy angoras.Long haired rabbits matt very quickly and seeds are caughtinside the fur. Missy had nasty seeds stuck under her chin(which she often gets). Charlie had some really nasty tinysharp ends of hay stuck in his skin! We really need togroom our fluffies much more often but, as anyone withlong haired rabbits would know, the matts seem to sneakup and grow overnight!!Anyone with long haired rabbits, or considering taking on along haired rabbit, should understand how much work theyare. They are not a rabbit to take on lightly unless you areprepared to spend the time, the money and sometimes buythe special grooming equipment needed to deal with theirthick fur.The last bunny to come& live with us (Ginger – pictured left) wasdesexed.He recovered reallywell, particularly since Iwas concerned abouthis missing bits! Theywere there but neverreally popped down tosee us even though heis over 2 years of age.Fortunately, everythingwas found & nowremoved. Ginger isnow happily livingindoors and we arelooking forward to finding him a girlfriend!!
Good news for UKrabbits
 3 August 2010 -http://blog.peta.org.uk After more than a decade ofscientific research, negotiationsand lobbying by PETA andother animal protection groups,the Organisation for EconomicCo-operation and Development(OECD) has announced that ithas approved new,
non-animaltesting methods for skinirritation
.What does that mean? Until recently, chemicals of all kindswere tested for skin irritation using painful tests on rabbits.But now, around the entire world, the standard way oftesting for skin irritation will be to use high-tech, modernmethods – the rabbits will be spared. This really is a globaldeal: the OECD produces binding safety testing guidelinesfor its more than 30 member nations, representing almostall of the world’s largest economies, and many countrieswhich aren’t members also follow the OECD’s guidelines.Animal-friendly methods employ in vitro (test tube) toxicityscreening, “skin” grown in laboratories and computermodels. While non-animal methods have been recognisedas valid to test corrosivity (in other words, whethersomething will permanently damage the skin) for sometime, these are the first methods to be recognised aseffective to measure skin irritation, thus allowing for acomplete assessment of skin effects without the use ofanimals.The methods that have just been adopted by the OECDuse reconstructed human skin models that successfullyreproduce the effect on human skin and allow reliable,accurate measurements of damage in a way that applyingchemicals to the shaved, raw skin of rabbits cannot. Inaddition to the pain and distress endured by the rabbitswho are used in animal tests, the OECD also consideredevidence that the animal tests do not accurately measurewhether a substance is likely to be an irritant to human skin – in other words, these methods should be more effectivein protecting humans too.We are particularly proud that PETA played an integral rolein this process. PETA financially supported the rigorousscientific testing of one of the non-animal methods thathave just been approved, which helped to produce thescientific evidence that led the OECD to approve the use ofthe method. (PETA US has given more than $850,000 overthe past 10 years to support the development andimplementation of non-animal testing methods.) These newmethods will spare tens of thousands of rabbits every yearfrom unnecessary suffering. And that should makeeveryone feel pretty good

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