This is a follow on petition from Save Canmore Rabbits as the situation has changed.
The town council of Canmore in Alberta, Canada has decided despite local and international public objection that they intend to kill most of the towns population of feral pet rabbits.
The Canmore town council recently rejected an offer from the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, D.C. ARC had offered to trap, transport, spay and neuter ALL of the rabbits at no cost to Canmore. All the animals would be saved and adopted out to new homes.
The Council for unknown reasons has rejected this offer and opted for a small org who can only afford to fund taking 150 rabbits, the council insist that the remainder (the majority of the rabbits) should be killed. Why have they done this when a large organisation (ARC) can take all of the rabbits and do it cheaper?
It has come to light that the council have already made a deal to supply the rabbit meat to an unknown recipient. Because they will be selling the meat the rabbits will not be euthanized humanely and in order to preserve the pelts and meat they will be inhumanely gassed.
The rabbits are there in the first place because of neglectful owners and these animals need assistance not brutality. Officials have made quick decisions without even considering alternatives or the welfare of the animals.
We the undersigned urge that the pet rabbits are handed over to all of the rescue organisations that offered to help, especially ARC who will rescue every single animal at no extra cost.
There is no need for any of these animals to be killed.
It has come to my attention that The town of Canmore intends to kill thousands of pet feral rabbits.
I object strongly to these innocent pet animals being killed. They are there because of neglectful owners and are being murdered because officials are too short sighted to even consider how the situation should be handled. Officials have made quick decisions without even considering alternatives or the welfare of the animals, and rabbit rescue and welfare groups have not been properly consulted on the matter.
The Canmore town council recently rejected an offer from the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, D.C. ARC had offered to trap, transport, spay and neuter ALL of the rabbits at no extra cost to Canmore. All the animals would be saved and adopted out to new homes.
Instead the council opted for a small org who can only afford to fund taking 150 rabbits, the council insist that the remainder (the majority of the rabbits) should be killed. Why was this option given precedence over one that would offer a full solution that would meet everyone’s needs?
Why have the Council rejected the offer from ARC to rescue all the rabbits? The council spokeswoman claimed that it is because they didn’t want to burden anyone else with the ‘problem’ but this does not make sense because ARC is offering to do it at no extra cost and will save the lives of all of the rabbits.
Both the local residents and people from all round the world want the rabbits to live. Surely it is the councils duty to do what the majority of people want, to use the most ethical solution, and to avoid extra costs from killing the rabbits?
Why are the rabbits being gassed which is inhumane? If it were true euthanasia then the rabbits would be given aesthetic overdose injections not gassed.
Why has a deal been made with an unknown organisation to give them the dead rabbits to use or process for meat when the cull has not been given the proper approval yet, the specifics of the situation have not been arranged yet, and the public were not consulted properly about it? Also why has this recipient organisations name been hidden from the public?
Had deals already been made before the public were even consulted? Is this why the Council wont agree to all the animals being rescued (because they have already made the deals with trappers and the anonymous organisation that will be buying the meat/fur?).
The slaughter would mar the towns good name and will affect tourism. Does Canmore really want to be famous for a mass killing of pet animals?
I will definitely take part in the campaign exposing this cruelty and will spread the information far and wide.
I also refuse to ever visit Canmore again if they engage in such thoughtless and atrocious behaviour towards pet animals.
The majority of the residents of Canmore don’t want the rabbits harmed so why have the town officials gone against public opinion and global outcry against these pets being killed in Canmore?
There is no excuse to kill these rabbits when there is already the means and support to start to rescue them.
Thankyou for your time on this issue and I hope that you will do the right thing and ensure that these pets are neutered and spayed and found homes, and that meanwhile no harm comes to them.