End the Slaughter of Pet Rabbits in Canmore
Despite international objection and offers from several groups to fund the rescue of these pet rabbits, the town council in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, has began gassing hundreds of them. They have rejected offers and assistance to relocate the rabbits to temporary holding areas whilst the paperwork, space and other details for the rescues are being arranged.
Not only have they refused to allow the animals to be rescued they have also made it extremely difficult for the rescuers by insisting on over pedantic and unnecessary criteria and permits for each rabbit rescued. It is very clear that they have intentionally set out to frustrate all efforts to save the animals.
The gassing method used to kill the rabbits is extremely cruel and is banned in many American states. It can take up to half an hour for an animal to die from being gassed, and some animals don’t die on the first attempt. Many people think that the reason that the council refuses to let people rescue the animals and the reason that they are not being euthanized by injection is because the council is letting the contractor sell the meat and pelts and that a deal had been made before anyone even had the chance to object. This would explain why officials have made quick decisions without even considering peoples views or the welfare of the animals, it would also explain why they have turned down all offers to save the rabbits.
These animals need assistance not brutality. These unfortunate pets were dumped on the street by neglectful owners and left there to fend for themselves. It is extremely irresponsible to have caused the problem in the first place and then to try and brush it under the carpet ready for the tourist season. People need to know about this so that they can choose to boycott the town for its irresponsible and cruel behaviour. Such violence is not a justified response to the situation and using lethal methods to control animal populations never effectively eliminates the problem anyway. Trap, neuter, release is more effective than the lethal measures and is cheaper and the results will be faster but the council refuses to do it and is wasting time and money to inhumanely kill the pet rabbits.
This reflects very badly on the global reputation of the town. It is a very disturbing message that they are teaching their children and citizens - that violence against the vulnerable and weak is acceptable, that its fine to needlessly kill animals for petty reasons, that animal cruelty is acceptable, and that pets are disposable?!
This issue has the potential to seriously affect tourism in the area.
People will not want to visit a town known only for its brutality and shameful behaviour.
We the undersigned urge that the pet rabbits are handed over to rescue organisations or taken to temporary holding areas to await placement in rescues if rescues are not immediately available.
Meanwhile the most effective measure to be taken is to trap, neuter and release the animals, local vets and rescues have offered their services free or at cut price so there is no excuse to favour needless barbarism over effective and ethical methods.
We the undersigned pledge to boycott Canmore until they can behave in a more evolved and civilised manner.