change the law to provide better protection for rabbits by B Ashton of England
  • Petitioned David Heath

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Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in DEFRA.
David Heath
Secretary of State, DEFRA
Owen Paterson

change the law to provide better protection for rabbits by B Ashton of England

    1. Frida Lagomorpha
    2. Petition by

      Frida Lagomorpha

      London, United Kingdom

Because rabbits, according to the RSPCA, are the most neglected and according to the RWF, the most abandoned animal in the United Kingdom. Because over 30,000 in 2010 and over 35,000 rabbits were abandoned to shelters in 2011 and the numbers just keep rising. Rabbits are now rising in popularity as house pets and this is causing pet supply stores like Pets At Home to import popular breeds such as Lionhead baby rabbits from Spain, where they are taken from their mothers at too young an age (recommended is 8 weeks but they are taken at four weeks). Further, breeders should have to be inspected and licensed and adhere to a high standard of quality of life for rabbits. And finally, rabbits kept in hutches live a sad short and cruel life, where they can not run and jump, which is their natural inclination. The law should be raised that they are required to have a sizeable run attached to a hutch if they live outside, one which adheres to the standards recommended by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. People abandon rabbits at a statistic of 50% after only 3 months of purchasing. Shelters and private individuals are taking on the massive burden of trying to save and rehome the abandoned animals. Please do something to make this stop and to improve the lives of these vastly underestimated, intelligent, affectionate, and beautiful animals.

 

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    1. Gorsky is blind in his left eye due to the neglect he suffered

      Frida Lagomorpha
      Petition Organizer

      If this was prosecutable, then this would maybe not have happened!

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. How many rabbits are up for adoption on rabbit rehome today? 1,008

      Frida Lagomorpha
      Petition Organizer

      Rabbit Rehome is mostly used by shelters and sanctuaries to rehome bunnies they took in/rescued to good homes. This number illustrates how many unwanted rabbits are up for adoption today on this website alone. This does not include all the rescues or shelters, so there will be more out there. This must be controlled. Is the government helping in any way? No. And private sanctuaries and rescues are shouldering this financial, physical and emotional burden ourselves. For myself, I have no one to help me except my husband, who works full time. But I do this because someone has to do it or the rabbits we have taken in and rescued would now be dead or still living the horrible lives they lived before we took they came to live here. Yet it is not enough, there are so many who need to be safe and happy and loved. we must urge the government to change the law and classify rabbits as pets with cats and dogs.

    4. We have taken in four more rabbits in late May

      Frida Lagomorpha
      Petition Organizer

      Another sign something needs to change!!!!

    5. now backed by the Rabbit Welfare Assoc and Fund

      Frida Lagomorpha
      Petition Organizer

      spread the word, and thanks for all the signatures so far

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Gina Perillo ROSEVILLE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Rabbits are a precious animal that need our help and support. They need the same love and respect of anyother animal on this plabet. They need to have room to run and jump and be taken care of. Please pass this and give rabbits the life they deserve!

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    • David MacPhail WARRNAMBOOL, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Nothing living has any more or less right to be alive and be cared for. We are all part of the same thing and made from the same materials. Just because they are not as smart as us doesnt mean they should be abused like this. I would say humans have a moral obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

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    • l m ERSKINE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      I have had my rabbit since she was a baby and it seems cruel and unfair to leave her behind. She is an in house rabbit and has regualr visits to vet. She is dressed, micro chipped and well looked after so how can this possibly be a threat to Australia. They should allow individuals to have special cases.

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    • Miranda Ellefson REGINA, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because I believe and I know that all animals have to be treated with respect and kindness that we would treat man with. That rabbits are at the bottom of our priorities is a sign that things are in desperate need of change. Rabbits deserve better!

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    • Debra Stiles ANAHEIM, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This cause is very important to me a person who knew nothing about bunnies until I had two come into my life. They are funny, they are sensitive. They brought so much joy into my life. Hedda Hopper and A.J.(the bean) Peanut. A.J never hopped anywhere. He ran. Hedda was such a mommy she had a special pillow that she believed was her nest and she would work on that nest all night. Take a little break to cool off in front of the fan. I miss them so much. Oh did I say they are very smart and learn quickly. Gods most innocent creatures. They make wonderful pets,especially for children only after the children study and learn how to live with these wonderful animals.

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