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Allow the myxomatosis vaccination for bunny owners in Australia

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Benji was our beloved mini lop bunny. Heartbreakingly, we had to watch him endure the pain and agonising discomfort of the horrible myxoma virus. Myxoma was introduced to the wild rabbit population in Australia to kill them. In other countries, BENJI WOULD NEVER HAVE DIED. In other countries, there is a vaccination to immunise pet bunnies against the deadly disease.

The Australian Government needs to realise that bunnies are the 3rd most popular pets in Australia only behind dogs and cats. No bunny and no pet owner should have to endure the horrible pain and heartbreak of losing a beloved bunny, a family member and innocent fluffy animal. 

Wild rabbits don't even deserve the horrendous effects of the myxoma virus, the lethal disease that causes swelling of the face, ears, eyes, genitals, lethargy, a decrease in appetite, kidney failure with blood in the urine, conjunctivitis of the eyes, fever, blindness, and eventually kills these poor helpless animals.

The virus was introduced to kill the wild rabbit population in Australia. This was also done in the UK and similarly around areas of Europe. However, other than Australia, the humane decision to allow the immunisation from the deadly disease, for domestic pet bunnies, protects beloved pet bunnies from this incredibly debilitating, painful death.

Why won't Australia allow the vaccine? The immunisation of pet bunnies in those countries hasn't affected the wild rabbit population. It's simply not fair. Pet owners of a dog or cat have the right to immunise their animal. A bunny should have the same right. 

PLEASE HELP US in changing this. No bunny should have to endure what our poor Benji went through. In memory of Benji, our beautiful boy, we will do whatever it takes to see this law changed, to prevent another innocent bunny die so painfully, and so unncessarily, by something that could have been prevented.

Benji wasn't just some rabbit. He was a family member. RIP Benji.

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