THE B UN OL O GI S T
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US rabbits discarded Adopt me! Life at the Do Hop Inn Good news for UK rabbits Why spay & neuter
Driver avoiding rabbit crashes into pond
26 July 2010 – Austrian Times (Austria) A young woman had a narrow escape as she drove into a lake – after trying to avoid a rabbit. Heike Geiblinger from Rohr in Upper Austria’s Krems Valley steered her car into a pond next to the road after spotting the rodent in her headlights yesterday. She only suffered minor injuries after ending up in the water, while her Fiat was wrecked. "I managed to get out of the sinking car through a side window in literally the last second," said the 20-year-old. **Rabbits are NOT rodents. They are lagomorphs. (BOING)
Worthworths are RABBIT FREE!
Since finding out that Coles supermarkets are selling rabbit, we contacted Woolworths supermarkets to enquire about rabbit. We are very happy to report that Woolworths supermarkets are rabbit meat free!!! We hope they stay that way!!
Radical Rabbit Mr Rabbit for PM
11 August 2010 – Herald Sun (Australia) Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has denied she's deliberately slurring her speech in order to call the opposition leader "Mr Rabbit" instead of Mr Abbott. The Prime Minister appeared genuinely perplexed when asked today if she was lengthening the "r" of "Mr" in order to call her opponent "Mr Rabbit". "Mr Rabbit? What do you mean," she said when asked midway through an otherwise serious interview: "Is the Mr Rabbit deliberate on your part?" ABC Radio's Jon Faine then had to explain the issue had been running hot on talkback radio. Ms Gillard was genuinely surprised - and perhaps a little hurt. ”I wasn't conscious of that at all," she said. "If I am doing it I'm not intending to." Radical Rabbit aims to educate the community about all the many issues that face rabbits. Radical Rabbit now has a draft website that is growing & changing – Our new group Radical Rabbit is growing & developing rapidly.
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Summer brings glut of unwanted, discarded rabbits
4 August 2010 – Associated Press (US) CALIFORNIA. — Easter bunnies grow up and the novelty wears off. Come summer, people often just dump the bunnies. That's why the number of rabbits in animal shelters across the country swells every summer. "We are in crisis" said Caroline Charland, founder of The Bunny 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. Kill shelters throughout Southern California will call her and say: "We are euthanizing today. Can you take any rabbits?" Domestic rabbits who make it to shelters and to people like Charland are the lucky ones, said Betsy Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com, an online pet adoption database. "People take rabbits out and figure they will survive on their own," and that's usually a deadly decision for the animals, Saul said. "Rabbits can die of heart attacks from the very approach of a predator," said Mary E. Cotter in New York. She is with the House Rabbit Society, an international nonprofit organization that rescues rabbits from animal shelters. The Associated Press, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Pet Products Association estimate rabbits are the pets of choice in about 2 percent of American households — the same as horses. But in shelters, the animals come in third behind dogs and cats, said Ana Bustilloz, a spokeswoman for SPCA in Los Angeles. Rabbits make good pets because they can easily be trained to use a litter box, come when you call them and will 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 not good around small children, they must live indoors and require daily feeding, grooming, exercise, together time and cleanup. Rabbits have long been used in research. "Think about what's necessary from a research animal. They are loving, kind, trusting, incredibly domesticatable, trainable. The very things that damn them to be such good subjects make them great pets," Saul said in a telephone interview.
The ASPCA estimates it costs $730 a year to care for a rabbit. 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 areas where the animals will roam, Saul said. Rabbits need to chew their entire life — it's not a phase they will outgrow, so cable guards and furniture leg guards will have to be installed. Rabbits seem to flourish in mature adult homes, Saul said, because they prefer quiet, bookish pursuits to rambunctious play in rowdy homes. At The Burrow, the rabbits seem to know it's safe and often greet visitors. One of the friendliest is Nutmeg, a cinnamon colored red Rex with velvet feeling fur who will stick her nose 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 adopt to," Charland said. People who get rabbits as gifts or from a store will keep the rabbits outside, where they can quickly die in heat, or in a small cage, where they can become aggressive in a confined space, developing what is called "cage rage" as they protect their small area, she said. Shelters, rescues and animal experts all have one major piece of advice when it comes to rabbits: Give as many Easter bunnies for gifts as you want next year — but make them all chocolate.
Name: Contact person: Location: Squiggle & Mr Bun Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org Melbourne
Readers might remember these two separate buns in the last newsletter. Squiggle needed to move quickly so she found a new home with Mr Bun and has bonded very well with him. Both buns are now looking for a home together. Mr Bun (dark bun in front) is a handsome fellow who was found as a stray in Dandenong. He waited at the pound for 8 days but nobody came to collect him. Mr Bun is around one year of age and is desexed & vaccinated. Squiggle is a 3 year old desexed female bun. If you would like to know more about this lovely couple, please contact Ruth at email@example.com
Life at the Do Hop Inn
By karen Another busy month at the Do Hop Inn! Lulu had an exploratory operation to find out why she was having difficulty going to the toilet at times. The lump that was felt near her bladder was found to be scar tissue from her spay. The scar tissue had wrapped around her colon and attached itself to her bladder, which is why she sometimes was having difficulty. The scar tissue was unable to be removed so she has since healed from her operation and we are managing her problem with paraffin oil as a laxative to soften her poos. Also, we are thinking that grass hay would be better for her as her poos are very large when eating oaten hay. Peanut & Stuart recovered from their early morning dog attack last month. We have now moved them to our studio, where they share part of the room with Missy & Charlie (our angoras). Missy & Charlie had a major haircut!!!! It took about ten days to shear off the thick matts on our fluffy angoras. Long haired rabbits matt very quickly and seeds are caught inside the fur. Missy had nasty seeds stuck under her chin (which she often gets). Charlie had some really nasty tiny sharp ends of hay stuck in his skin! We really need to groom our fluffies much more often but, as anyone with long haired rabbits would know, the matts seem to sneak up and grow overnight!! Anyone with long haired rabbits, or considering taking on a long haired rabbit, should understand how much work they are. They are not a rabbit to take on lightly unless you are prepared to spend the time, the money and sometimes buy the special grooming equipment needed to deal with their thick fur. The last bunny to come & live with us (Ginger – pictured left) was desexed. He recovered really well, particularly since I was concerned about his missing bits! They were there but never really popped down to see us even though he is over 2 years of age. Fortunately, everything was found & now removed. Ginger is now happily living indoors and we are looking forward to finding him a girlfriend!!
Good news for UK rabbits
3 August 2010 - http://blog.peta.org.uk After more than a decade of scientific research, negotiations and lobbying by PETA and other animal protection groups, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that it has approved new, non-animal testing methods for skin irritation. What does that mean? Until recently, chemicals of all kinds were tested for skin irritation using painful tests on rabbits. But now, around the entire world, the standard way of testing for skin irritation will be to use high-tech, modern methods – the rabbits will be spared. This really is a global deal: the OECD produces binding safety testing guidelines for its more than 30 member nations, representing almost all of the world’s largest economies, and many countries which aren’t members also follow the OECD’s guidelines. Animal-friendly methods employ in vitro (test tube) toxicity screening, “skin” grown in laboratories and computer models. While non-animal methods have been recognised as valid to test corrosivity (in other words, whether something will permanently damage the skin) for some time, these are the first methods to be recognised as effective to measure skin irritation, thus allowing for a complete assessment of skin effects without the use of animals. The methods that have just been adopted by the OECD use reconstructed human skin models that successfully reproduce the effect on human skin and allow reliable, accurate measurements of damage in a way that applying chemicals to the shaved, raw skin of rabbits cannot. In addition to the pain and distress endured by the rabbits who are used in animal tests, the OECD also considered evidence that the animal tests do not accurately measure whether a substance is likely to be an irritant to human skin – in other words, these methods should be more effective in protecting humans too. We are particularly proud that PETA played an integral role in this process. PETA financially supported the rigorous scientific testing of one of the non-animal methods that have just been approved, which helped to produce the scientific evidence that led the OECD to approve the use of the method. (PETA US has given more than $850,000 over the past 10 years to support the development and implementation of non-animal testing methods.) These new methods will spare tens of thousands of rabbits every year from unnecessary suffering. And that should make everyone feel pretty good
Why spay and neuter rabbits
By the US House Rabbit Society www.rabbit.org • Altered rabbits are healthier and live longer than unaltered rabbits. The risk of reproductive cancers (ovarian, uterine, mammarian) for an unspayed female rabbit is virtually eliminated by spaying your female rabbit. Your neutered male rabbit will live longer as well, given that he won't be tempted to fight with other animals (rabbits, cats, etc.) due to his sexual aggression. Altered rabbits make better companions. They are calmer, more loving, and dependable once the undeniable urge to mate has been removed. In addition, rabbits are less prone to destructive (chewing, digging) and aggressive (biting, lunging, circling, growling) behavior after surgery. Avoidance of obnoxious behavior. Unneutered male rabbits spray, and both males and females are much easier to litter train, and much more reliably trained, after they have been altered. Altered rabbits won't contribute to the problem of overpopulation of rabbits. Over 15 million adorable dogs, cats, and rabbits are killed in animal shelters every year. In addition, unwanted rabbits are often abandoned in fields, parks, or on city streets to fend for themselves, where they suffer from starvation, sickness, and are easy prey to other animals or traffic accidents. Those rabbits who are sold to pet stores don't necessarily fare any better, as pet stores sell pets to anyone with the money to buy, and don't check on what kind of home they will go to. Many of these rabbits will be sold as snake food, or as a pet for a small child who will soon "outgrow" the rabbit. Altered rabbits can safely have a friend to play with. Rabbits are social animals and enjoy the company of other rabbits. But unless your rabbit is altered, he or she cannot have a friend, either of the opposite sex, or the same sex, due to sexual and aggressive behaviors triggered by hormones. Spaying and neutering for rabbits has become a safe procedure when performed by experienced rabbit veterinarians. The House Rabbit Society has had over 1000 rabbits spayed or neutered with approximately .1% mortality due to anesthesia. A knowledgeable rabbit veterinarian can spay or neuter your rabbit with very little risk to a healthy rabbit. Don't allow a veterinarian with little or no experience with rabbits to spay or neuter your rabbit.
Is surgery safe on rabbits?
Surgery can be as safe on rabbits as on any animal. Unfortunately, the vast majority of veterinarians aren't experienced with safe rabbit surgery techniques. Don't allow a veterinarian with little or no experience with rabbits to spay or neuter your rabbit. Using isofluorene as the anesthetic and appropriate surgical and after-surgery techniques, spaying and neutering of rabbits is as safe as for any other animal.
At what age should rabbits be spayed or neutered?
Females can be spayed as soon as they sexually mature, usually around 4 months of age, but many veterinarians prefer to wait until they are 6 months old, as surgery is riskier on a younger rabbit. Males can be neutered as soon as the testicles descend, usually around 3-1/2 months of age, but many veterinarians prefer to wait until they are 5 months old.
When is a rabbit too old to be spayed or neutered?
Veterinarians will have their own opinions on this, but in general, after a rabbit is 6 years old, anesthetics and surgery become more risky. It is always a good idea, in a rabbit over 2 years of age, to have a very thorough health check done, including full blood work. This may be more expensive than the surgery, but it will help detect any condition that could make the surgery more risky. This is especially important if anesthetics other than isofluorene are used. If you’re in Melbourne, Melbourne Rabbit Clinic we highly recommend the