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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > UVic unveils plan to rid campus of 1,400 feral rabbits
Last Post by Petzy at 10/28/2010 6:53 AM (38 Replies)
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User is Offline Petzy
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8/20/2010 1:11 PM
Why don't you ask the rescue how they are going to shelter them from the heat, and climatize them?
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User is Offline Petzy
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9/07/2010 12:12 PM

This just in from the HRS updates

 

Updated: UVic begins trapping rabbits after court victory
The traps were out at the University of Victoria Monday afternoon within hours of
B.C. Supreme Court's setting aside of an injunction prohibiting UVic from trapping
or killing feral rabbits hopping around campus.
However, resumption of trapping does not mean that rabbits are going to die.
"We anticipate that there will be enough capacity in various sanctuaries to handle
all the rabbits we intend to trap in August and September," said Tom Smith, the
university's executive director of facilities management.
The injunction, obtained July 30 by rabbit activist Roslyn Cassells, undermined
UVic's plans to trap many of the approximately 1,500 rabbits living on campus before
students return next month.

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User is Offline Andi
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9/15/2010 11:09 AM

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Bu...story.html

Bunny doc helps UVic rabbits jump to new home in Texas

Dozens of rabbits from the University of Victoria campus are bound for a new home at a ranch in Texas, after they were spayed or neutered by a Steveston veterinarian in preparation for travel.

Joseph Martinez, owner of Little Paws Animal Clinic, is one of three veterinarians permitted by the Ministry of the Environment to help with UVic's rabbit problem by relocating them to the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas.

Martinez said he volunteered his time to spay and neuter as many rabbits as possible so they won't have to be killed.

"It takes about an hour per bunny, but we are very efficient so we can do about two bunnies per hour. But I'll work 16 hours a day to save as many as I can," Martinez said. "Bunnies are my major interest ... If we don't try to save as many as we can, then they will probably slaughter the rest."

In August, the Environment Ministry approved a permit to transport and export up to 1,000 rabbits following an outcry from animal rights groups about a university plan to euthanize more than 100 rabbits. Rabbits fall under the B.C. Wildlife Act, so groups that want to adopt the animals must obtain permits.

The permit to move the rabbits to Texas was granted to a not-for-profit group called TRACS (The Responsible Animal Care Society), which can ship up to 96 animals at a time. The group is trying to raise enough money to ship all 1,000 to the ranch.

The rabbits travelled first to Washington on Monday night, where they were to be monitored for a few more days before the journey south.

An Italian immigrant who has lived in Canada for 20 years, Martinez said he grew up on a farm; his family raised and ate rabbits and other farm animals.

But he developed a passion for all creatures at a young age and by 10, he said, he decided it was wrong to eat animals. He then became a vegetarian and pursued a career in animal medicine in Israel and Italy.

UVic's rabbit overpopulation is thought to be the result of abandoned pets who began breeding on campus.
 

 

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User is Offline Andi
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9/15/2010 11:29 AM

This is just some of the "Crap"  we have to deal with and read on a daily basis from heartless people who have no information into the problem, but a great (usually uneducated) idea/opinion that just have to share with us all... (The editing of this forum is giving em a lot of trouble trying to 'quote' this information, so bare with me).

EDITED BY ADMIN:   The letters are a bit graphic so the pasted letters were deleted---however, I do understand that those of you, who are following this situation, may want to read them.  You can do so by clicking on the links below. 


Articles -

* http://www.canada.com/Bunnies+Might...story.html

* http://www.canada.com/Letter+Reprehensible/3524970/story.html

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User is Offline Kyoshi
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9/15/2010 12:42 PM
That. Is. Just. Sick. Not only because of bunnies or the barbaric killing method, but spotted owl? EAGLE? MAMMOT? How can someone be that sick. We have cows, pigs, and chicken. We have sheep. Why do we need to stress those boundaries? We are gonna get bitten by mother nature for these evil acts. We dont hang people anymore. Why should we hang animals? This is just ANOTHER one of thoses stupid acts of people thinking we are above animals and we can crush all in our path. Animals are life. Life is precious. Do these people think that animals dont know whats happening? Do they think animals are vegetables? And that we can slaughter them without them feeling any pain? Humans make peace with other countries and other humans. So why do we not make peace with animals. There our bretherine. And we need to cherish them. Sick. A\bsolutely sick.

User is Offline Billie
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9/15/2010 1:04 PM

The rabbits are stopping in my neck of the woods on their way to TX!

The organization hosting them is Rabbit Haven, a really great bunny rescue org in WA. They're going to be caring for up to 150 rabbits in bunches until all 1,000 can be transported south.

If you can, please send a donation their way. I've visited Rabbit Haven multiple times and while the facility and volunteers are top notch, they have limited resources. Sue, the director, is so commited to the welfare of the rabbits in her care that I don't think she has much time for a personal life. Read more at their website: www.rabbithaven.org.


User is Offline Kyoshi
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9/16/2010 5:43 AM
I JUST RE READ THE ARTICLE. WHY WOULD ANYONE WHO OWNED A BUNNY WANT A BUNNY HAT!???!??!?!?!?!?!?!? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

User is Offline Andi
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9/16/2010 6:28 AM
Billie, thank you for the link! I'm going to pass it along to a few more bunny people I know to spread the word. it's wonderful so amny organizations/people are willing to help.

Kyoshi... i think you need to settle down. The article is written by a real jerk with bad sarcasim. He is writting that to get a reaction from animal lovers, if we feed him with a reaction he wins. I posted it as an example of the many other 'rabbit hate mail' the locals up here are dealing with in regards to the UVic bunnies.

I'm still waiting for information on how the City and even Province are going to do to stop this from every happening again.
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9/16/2010 2:24 PM
sorry. I hadnt realized i put on caps, (i had to type this real quick at school) so I kinda was hurrying.

User is Offline Andi
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10/04/2010 10:13 AM

I am VERY disapointed to have to post this news

 

http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/ordered+UVic+rabbits+defends+actions/3606001/story.html

"We are in a war zone," says farmer who ordered ex-UVic bunnies shot
Farmer who ordered killings now besieged by bunnies and people
By JUDITH LAVOIE, Timescolonist.comOctober 1, 2010


The woman who ordered the killing of escaped former University of Victoria bunnies says her farm is under siege by feral rabbits and she is now also coping with furious bunny lovers.

"We are in a war zone. They are very dangerous people. They chased the trapper off my field," said Barbara Smith, who lives beside a government-approved rabbit sanctuary in Coombs that is taking bunnies removed from the UVic campus.

Smith, a retired lawyer, who has horses on the nine-hectare property, said she had no idea a rabbit sanctuary had moved on to the grounds of the neighbouring World Parrot Refuge until she returned from a trip and found at least 90 feral rabbits on her hay field.

The rabbits are an introduced pest, said Smith, who contacted a trapper, who shot at least 30 animals.

"I am a farmer and these things are inherently dangerous. They are akin to rats. They are not harmless creatures, they are an actionable nuisance," said Smith, who is incensed that the environment ministry would allow feral rabbits in an agricultural area.

"They have dumped UVic's problem on us, created an environmental disaster zone and walked away," she said.

Smith contacted Wendy Huntbatch at the World Parrot Refuge Tuesday afternoon, but the trapper started shooting about two hours later, before rabbit-rescuer Susan Vickery had a chance to catch the escapees.

Smith said the rabbits had been out since the weekend, so there had been plenty of time to catch them.

"She's responsible for containing those rabbits," she said.

All the rabbits killed had been tattooed and sterilized after moving from the UVic campus. The death toll included some of Vickery's pets.

Last night, Smith said she could see about two dozen rabbits in her field and another four dozen in a neighbouring field, but she has no intention of allowing Vickery on her property to catch them.

"I will deal with the rabbits on my land in whatever way I have to," she said.

That has Vickery in a quandary as she fears the survivors will meet the same fate as the dead ones. She also worries that injured rabbits could be lying in the field.

"This was just so unnecessary. This was just someone being angry," she said.

Vickery said it is possible some rabbits escaped a couple of days earlier, but she does not believe 90 hopped away.

"Anyway, why didn't they contact me?" she asked.

"I find their behaviour completely unacceptable."

RCMP and ministry officials have been on site. But the official say that as the feral rabbits are wildlife, they can be legally captured and killed, provided a firearm is not used in the vicinity of a home and animals are killed humanely.

Penny Stone, B.C. SPCA Victoria branch manager, said shooting rabbits is considered humane, but she is saddened the property owners did not give sufficient time for the rabbits to be recaptured.

"I would have hoped people would have had a little more patience, especially knowing what these rabbits have already been through," she said.

Meanwhile, Smith said she is receiving threats from people angry about the rabbit killings.

"It is just a horror show," she said.

Huntbatch said she delivered a bale of hay to the gate outside Smith's home Thursday morning.

"I put a note on it saying 'we paid for this with our lives' and I signed it from the murdered bunnies," she said.

UVic is trying to clear the campus of about 1,400 of the estimated 2,000 abandoned former pets and their offspring.

About 400 rabbits have been captured so far and are heading for sanctuaries as far away as Texas.

The sterilization/relocation program followed an outcry from rabbit enthusiasts when the university was considering culling the bunnies.

jlavoie@timescolonist.com


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Dg7dfhZTA

 

Victoria residents wage war of the rabbits


By Ethan Baron, The Province October 3, 2010 Comments (6)
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Province columnist Ethan Baron
Photograph by: File photo, The ProvinceThere's nothing funny about dead bunnies. It's the rabbit lovers and the haters that bring a smile to my face.

Out in Coombs, the bucolic Vancouver Island community best known for goats on the roof at the Coombs Country Market, the introduction of hundreds of rescued bunnies has produced a human comedy of world-class proportions.

On one side, a horde of rabid animal lovers who orchestrated the salvation of death-sentenced rabbits from the University of Victoria, only to see their efforts end in a bloody bunny massacre.

On the other side, a once-famous musician and his retired-lawyer wife, who say fallout from the measures they took against the long-eared invaders at their hobby farm has turned their pastoral paradise into a "war zone."

This saga began years ago, birthed of human irresponsibility as Victoria residents abandoned pet rabbits whose neediness outlasted their cuteness.

As bunnies will do, these hapless

once-pets bred, and eventually the University of Victoria campus became home to some 2,000 feral rabbits. Moves to kill them generated outrage among animal lovers, who responded with court action to stop the cull, raised $90,000 for rabbit rescue and arranged with the B.C. Environment Ministry and U.S. border authorities to allow shipment of 1,000 rabbits to a Texas farm.

Meanwhile, Saltspring Island wildlife advocate Susan Vickery had a bunny sanctuary built at the World Parrot Refuge near Coombs, unfortunately right next door to the property of retired lawyer Barbara Smith and her husband Rick Coonce, former drummer for The Grassroots, an American rock band from the '60s and '70s.

Of the several hundred rabbits put into Vickery's care, a disputed number escaped. Smith, who keeps horses, told the Victoria Times-Colonist's Judith Lavoie that she came home from a trip last week to find about 90 bunnies hopping about in her hay field. On Wednesday, Smith contacted Wendy Huntbach at the World Parrot Refuge to complain, but soon demonstrated that whatever lawyerly virtues she may possess, patience is not among them. Two hours after she called, her hired gunslinger opened fire, offing about 30 rabbits before Vickery arrived with some traps.

Bunny lovers were, predictably, hopping mad, and Huntbach struck a blow on behalf of the fuzzy martyrs: She delivered a hay bale to Smith and Coonce, with a note saying, "We paid for this with our lives," signed "from the murdered bunnies."

Honestly, I'm not making this up. Smith says animal lovers chased her hired gun off the property, and have threatened her. "We are in a war zone," she hyperbolized to Lavoie. Indeed, one of the reader comments on the Times-Colonist website suggests that if "they think it's OK to kill pets, then let's play the same game and kill some of them."

By late last week, Smith was eyeing the remaining rabbits in her hayfield, refusing Vickery's entreaties to let her trap them, and promising to "deal with the rabbits on my land in whatever way I have to."

Clearly, cooler heads will not prevail. The players in this amazing made-in-B.C. drama have left reason far behind. I'll stroke my lucky rabbit's foot (sorry, Susan and Wendy) and hope the bunnies remain the only victims. There's nothing funny about dead people.

ebaron@theprovince.com

 

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User is Offline Petzy
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10/06/2010 6:10 AM
This mess is dedicated to the people who think dumping a pet bunny is no big deal...
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User is Offline Andi
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10/06/2010 7:59 AM
I keep reading more and more that just breaks my heart
It just keeps getting worse instead of better, those poor bunnies.

i hate people.
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User is Offline MarkBun
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10/06/2010 8:45 AM
She's living to the letter of the law - which makes her a responsible person. Now, if she'd just compromise, she'd be a socially respectable one. Big thing would be to triple check the fence so they don't get away anymore. Maybe create a one way gate so they can be lured back in.
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User is Offline Andi
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10/06/2010 8:59 AM
If you see the pictures of the fencing in the video and such you can see why the animals are leaving, the fence couldn't keep anything in, it's pathetic. Also, these animals were not spayed/neutered but 'altered' by vasectomy. So they are all still hormonal, meaning nasty fighting.
In the video it shows a black bunny favoring a front paw, obviously hurt.
I thought these people were supposed to be giving these rabbits a better life, not a crappier one then the last.
(Last newpaper article posted the neighbour was now letting her large black dog into the sanctuary to kill the rabbits. Though I'm just not sure what to believe anymore)
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10/06/2010 9:41 AM
Vasectomizing a rabbit makes no sense to me. It is a more invasive surgical procedure than castration and like you said does nothing to change hormones.
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User is Offline Lintini
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10/06/2010 1:41 PM
*shakes head in disbelief* I don't even know what to say, it's all very sad.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/06/2010 2:50 PM
It's disgusting. The bunnies are the product of people being irresponsible and now are being killed by uncompassionate people. IMO anyone who can kill animals like that are angry and full of hate. It's so hard to hear these stories and be able to do nothing.
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User is Offline cactuspancake
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10/27/2010 8:01 PM
I'm sad that the poor bunnies can't stay in their own region I wish they could just move them up north to the forest or something? I don't really get why they can't just spay/ neuter them all and then move them to the forest...
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10/28/2010 6:53 AM
The forest is teeming with predators. The domestic rabbits would enter the food chain before their spay sutures would be healed.
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