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Bilby chocolate kills bunnies Myxo campaign Giant rabbit fossil found Dog adopts bunnies Jack needs a home Moulting Life at the Do Hop Inn
HOP – the aftermath
Rabbit shelters around the world are getting nervous about the new movie Hop. The movie Hop, screening in time for Easter, features an adorable bunny called EB (Easter Bunny) who talks, walks on his hind legs and poops jelly beans. This talking, walking bunny character is adorable on screen but shelters are anticipating the movie will result in families rushing out to buy a bunny on impulse after the movie is over. When the novelty wears off and the family realise that their bunny does not indeed poop jelly beans, the shelters are expecting numbers to rise dramatically.
Bilby chocolate funds viruses to kill pet bunnies
http://www.ozrabbits.com/myxomatosis.html There has been a big push in Australia to replace the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby. The Bilby is an endangered small Australian native marsupial. A portion of the sales of chocolate Bilbys was thought to have been used to help conserve the Bilby population, something the majority of people would support. What hasn’t been so well publicised is that the Anti Rabbit Research Foundation (formerly ARRF, now known as the Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia), has full licensing ownership of the trademark 'Easter Bilby'. This Foundation is behind the drive to use "solutions" such as myxomatosis and RHD (calici virus). This means that the Easter Bilby is a marketing campaign to fund research that results in inhumane and ineffective ways of controlling the rabbit population. Thousands of rabbits are doomed to suffer cruel deaths from their research.
Sponsor a bun this Easter
Looking for a compassionate Easter present ? Why not become a Best Buddy to a very cute little bunny named Moppsy :) Moppsy loves hanging out with her bunny friends in "Bunny Lodge" where they jump on logs, eat yummy grass and love their daily carrot - picked fresh of cause! Moppsy thinks that a Cruelty-Free Easter is a super cool thing to do - why not try make this years Easter a compassionate one for all animals :)
Haigh’s chocolate supports killing pet bunnies
“HAIGH'S SUPPORT RABBIT FREE AUSTRALIA Rabbit Free Australia is a non-profit organisation established to raise community awareness of the damage to the environment done by the wild rabbit, and find ways to get rid of all the wild rabbits in this country. The Foundation developed and registered the Easter Bilby campaign in 1991 – partly to raise awareness of the damage done by rabbits to native wildlife, and partly to raise money from royalties of Easter Bilby to fund their work. Two years later, Haigh’s joined forces with the Foundation, and created Australia’s very first Easter Bilby.”
Come & meet Moppsy & his other bunny friends at Edgar’s Mission’s Compassion Art Day on Sunday 17 April. 365 McHarg’s Road, Willowmavin www.edgarsmission.org.au
THESE COMPANIES ARE NOT SAVING THE BILBY, THEY ARE KILLING OUR PET BUNNIES
Give us rabbit vaccine
26 March 2011 – Waverley Leader (Aust)
Giant rabbit fossil found
22 March 2011 – National Geographic
Activist Karen Vondruska wants the Federal Government to allow the importation of the myxomatosis vaccine for pet rabbits, because she believed it unfair that domestic pets die from the disease. She has been encouraging people through her website – www.radicalrabbit.org to post a toy rabbit to Minister Joe Ludwig. “Rabbits are the third most popular pet in Australia, so myxomatosis is devastating.” Senator Ludwig, through spokeswoman Roxanna Auld, said it was necessary to use biological agents such as myxomatosis to keep wild rabbits under control, and that research into a vaccine for pet rabbits was “encouraging”. “I understand that many families enjoy keeping rabbits and I would encourage pet owners to discuss ways they can protect their pet with their family vet,” Senator Ludwig said. **Roxanna Auld is an HR recruitment officer! She has no clout when it comes to helping us gain the vaccine. Senator Ludwig obviously doesn’t take this subject seriously, gets his plebs to respond for him and is notorious for not responding to letters or calls. Please continue to write to him!! We want our vaccine!
A Spanish team in Minorca has just announced the discovery of Earth's biggest known rabbit species, an oddly unbunny-like giant dubbed Nuralagus rex—"the Minorcan king of the hares." The 26-pound (12-kilogram) prehistoric species was about six times bigger than the common European rabbit, found on most continents, according to an analysis of several bones. The animal, which lived about three to five million years ago, had several "odd" features that have never before been seen in rabbits, living or extinct, according to the study. For one, the giant rabbit's "short and stiff" vertebral column meant it couldn't bunny hop. And the relatively small sizes of sense-related areas of its skull suggested that the animal had small eyes and stubby ears—a far cry from modern rabbit ears. Despite its oddities, N. rex has many skull and teeth features found in rabbits—meaning there’s “no question” it’s a rabbit, according to Brian Kraatz, an expert in rabbit evolution at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. The newfound rabbit's "roly-poly, tanklike" appearance and weird anatomy may have arisen because of its stress-free lifestyle, Kraatz added. That's because the megarabbit had no predators on Minorca—a luxury that allowed the species to evolve to be bigger and more sedentary he said. Modern rabbits are small, spry, and have sharp vision to escape predators. "He was probably on an evolutionary vacation," said Kraatz, like an "islander beach bum." Yet, even though the giant rabbit "didn't have too many cares or worries," Kraatz said, "he got too comfortable, and eventually went extinct."
To join in the campaign to demand the myxo vaccination, you can sign our online petition and join our major campaign to mail a toy bunny/photo/rabbit picture to:
The Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry PO Box 6022 House of Representatives Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600
Chihuahua adopts baby bunnies
2 April 2011 – Mail Online (UK)
Name: Location: Contact: Jack Melbourne Adele email@example.com
At just three days old and barely big enough to stand on their own, this adorable baby rabbit needs all the help it can get. And after being found abandoned on a compost heap, the outlook didn't look good for the litter of five wild baby bunnies. But things are looking up for the tiny creatures after they found an unlikely father figure in the shape of Mitch the male chihuahua The baby rabbits are now being hand-reared at Capricorn Animal Rescue in Padeswood, North Wales with the help of their new surrogate father. Mitch himself, a two-year-old white chihuahua, had been at the centre since he was six months old because he chews everything around him - except baby rabbits. Staff at the rescue centre are looking after the babies Sheila Stewart, owner of the rescue centre, said: 'A man brought the litter in along with their nest after he found them when he moved a compost heap. 'They are tiny and I am feeding them every few hours with special formula through a syringe. 'After I’ve finished feeding them, Mitch comes along and washes and grooms each one. 'He seems to have adopted them.'
Jack is a three year old, desexed netherland boy who recently lost his beloved partner. He is now very lonely and looking to find a new girlfriend. Jack is a healthy, happy but lonely boy who is litter trained, loves living indoors and spending time with his human friends. If you have a friendly, laid back, desexed girl bunny that is looking for a boyfriend, Jack maybe the bunny for her. For more information about Jack, please contact Adele on firstname.lastname@example.org
To find more bunnies looking for a loving home, please visit your local shelter.
Changes of seasons means moulting bunnies. Make sure that you remove any loose fur from your bunny & provide good quality hay & fresh water at all times. If your bunny stops eating, drinking or going to the toilet, please visit an experienced rabbit vet immediately.
Life at the Do Hop Inn
With the weather changing and becoming cooler, there is some relief that we are almost out of the myxomatosis danger zone. At the Do Hop Inn, we are continuing our indoor “mozzie checks”, as those mozzies still sneak in. Once the weather is colder and the mosquitoes stop breeding, we can start to relax. At the Do Hop Inn, we decided to have a bit of a room change. We decided the front bedroom was too large for 2 people and 2 buns, so we all moved into a smaller room. This means that the larger bedroom can now provide a larger space for Ally & Peter and Tinkerbelle’s enclosure, as well as much needed office space for us! Ally & Peter are now thoroughly enjoying their space and new places to play & hide. Tinkerbelle is also now enjoying more light that floods this bigger room. Molly (left) & Ginger This meant another room change…. for Molly & Ginger! They moved into the middle bedroom where they are now surrounded by three litter trays so Molly can have her choice of toilets. Of course, she prefers to continue weeing on the floor and Ginger has decided to poo everywhere! So, moving into the smaller room meant that we had space for two more buns and we had the opportunity to move our favourite angoras, Missy & Charlie, back inside with us. They had been living in our brick studio out the back for too long. Charlie had been suffering from a weepy eye and Missy was losing weight so it was best for them to get more attention. Missy & Charlie were checked out at the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic and both were in good health. They are now the ideal bedroom bunnies….except for the mess! They don’t jump on the bed but they do carry hay everywhere on their long coats. Charlie began sneezing as soon as he moved indoors with us. He would sometimes sneeze 20 times in a row and throughout the night. Thinking about all the rain and flooding that has happened in Melbourne, it occurred to me to check under the house to see if there had been any damage from the heavy rain. I discovered that under our house was very damp and wet and unusual fungus & mould had been growing! Ally (left) & Peter enjoy their new bed For Nimal, myself, Molly & Ginger, our new smaller room was really nice and cosy. Unfortunately, Molly redeveloped her love of weeing on the bed. She would be on the bed every 2 seconds demanding food and weeing at every opportunity. After a big cleanup and removal of anything that was wet, damp or mouldy as well as improving ventilation, Charlie’s sneezing stopped and his eye is now dry too!
Tinkerbelle having a snooze
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