Legalise Desexed, Registered and Vaccinated Rabbits in Queensland
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In 1893, Queensland followed in Western Australia's lead by building a rabbit-proof fence and was finished in 1997. This fence was to keep wild rabbits from destroying the crops on our farms and to keep the amount of rabbits we have to a minimum.
But things have changed since 1893 or even 1997. Our world changes on a daily basis and we have preventive measures now to ensure the concerns that the government brings up. The government continues to state that having rabbits in the state will lead to the ruining of our crops or the animals reproducing, but the government classifies domesticated and feral rabbits the same. Yet they don't have a problem with domesticated cats, as well as continuing to deal with the problem of feral cats. Feral or wild rabbits are raised completely different to domesticated rabbits. It is the environment that the animal is brought up in, that defines the way they will be.
The government would earn more money using this alternative course of action. At the moment, if you have a rabbit as a pet in Queensland you can be fined a maximum of $44,000 and six months imprisonment. Instead of waiting for people to be caught and hit with this hefty fine, the government could profit from issuing a registration or licence fee.
It would be easier and far more fair to change the law. We could alleviate the government's concerns by making the following compulsory:
To breed rabbits in this state you would have to be a registered breeder with the Queensland Government.
If a non-registered breed is found with a non-neutered rabbit then heavy penalties should apply. The maximum number of rabbit a part from a breeder should be two.
Strict enclosure and housing requirements would need to be met in order to house the animal to ensure the safety and captivity of the rabbit.
I live in Gold Coast, Queensland and for as long as I can remember I have always wanted a cute, fluffy, twitchy nosed bunny rabbit. As a family, we have dogs as well as cats and we would have to figure out a way to keep the dynamic the same. Although we wouldn't be worried about problems between the animals because all of our animals love each other (cuddling and playing all day long). There would be no effect on the community that surrounds us. The rabbit would either be in a cage or on a leash if outside. The animal wouldn't go outside of the fence that surrounds our house unless on a leash just like our dogs and cats. And as part of a safe guard, we would assure the animal was neutered, registered and vaccinated.
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