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Earless bunny sparksnuclear fears in Japan
10 June 2011 -http://www.dailymail.co.uk Fresh fears over a nuclear leak at the tsunami-ravagedFukushima plant have re-ignited after a rabbit born close tothe facility was discovered with no ears.Locals have been left wondering whether this earlessbunny, which was reportedly found near the facility at theend of last month, is the first sign of side effects from thenuclear catastrophe.
A video of thebunny wasposted onYouTube andhas quicklyspread as aninternet viral,labelled the'nuclear rabbit'.However according to the website NY Daily News, expertsare sceptical as to whether radiation could be responsiblefor the bunny's lack of ears.While high doses of radiation can cause cancer and othermajor health problems, radiation experts believe thelikelihood of the rabbit's strange features being a result ofnuclear mutation is very slim.In 2008, a healthy rabbit was born without ears in the UK,aptly-named Van Gogh. While it is a rare occurrence, thedeformity can happen because of a genetic defect orthrough the mother biting off the ears is she is distressed.Dana Krempels, from the US-based House Rabbit Society,told the NY Daily News: 'I have to wonder whether thereare any other bunnies in the group that have anomalies likethat.'I didn't see any. And that would make me very hesitant tocry "radiation" just because one baby bunny is missing hisexternal ear pinnae.However, rabbits' gestation periods are short - about 30days - so if the bunny was born near Fukushima, this couldbe seen as an indication of radiation poisoning, as it wouldhave been conceived well after the nuclear leak.
UK rabbit farms stopped
27 May 2011 – Farmers GuardianPlans to build two intensiverabbit farms in Nottinghamshirehave been shelved by theowner.Farmer Philip Kerry, who ownsT&S Nurseries in Grantham,submitted plans to build sixbarns across the countryhousing up to 1,000 rabbits ineach.The plans were blasted by animal rights campaigners andthe RSPCA said it had ‘serious concerns’ about theconditions for rabbits in battery farms, particularly theamount of space they were given.Mr Kerry told FG: “Due to public and media pressure wehave decided to withdraw applications for caged rabbitfarms while we reappraise the business model with ourinternal designers and various consultants.”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) saidthey were thrilled with the result.“PETA supporters sent more than 1,600 letters of objectionto Rushcliffe Borough Council opposing the applications forthe facilities, which would have meant severe suffering forthousands of rabbits,” said spokeswoman Sandra Smiley.“The proposed farms would have been the first rabbitfactory farms in the UK in 15 years and would each havehoused up to 1,100 rabbits in wire cages stacked threehigh inside windowless barns. This kind of unnaturalenvironment – which provides no fresh air or sunlight – cancause extremely painful bone disorders and footinflammation and lead stressed animals to resort toneurotic, self-destructive behaviour.”Rushcliffe Borough Council confirmed the applications forthe farms in Granby and East Bridgford had beenwithdrawn due to the size and positioning of the proposedbuildings, and also the level of objection.