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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Elizabeth McArthur (NSW Department of Primary Industries), Nick Xenophon, Senator Richard Di Natale, Hon.Barnaby Joyce Mp, Senator Richard Di Natale, Dr Andreas Glanznig, Dr Tony Pople, Dr Tarnya Cox, Biosecurity South Australia, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, Animal Health Australia, Dr Mark Schipp, Senator Nick Xenophon, Michael Reid

Against the spread of K5 calici virus and RHDV2 Rabbit Virus without proven Vaccines

A new strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) known as K5  WAS released on the. 1st March 2017.  While we  understand the problems faced by farmers by feral rabbits  we feel that deliberately introducing viruses can be dangerous. K5 is strain 08Q712 of the RHDVa subgroup - that is, of Chinese origin. It was imported  along with 37 other strains (many of which also happened to be strains of RHDVa) and another even deadlier virus RHDV2, for testing to assess which would be the most suitable. The fifth strain of RHDVa tested was decided on and hence called K5. Unfortunately, various strains of RHDVa have already escaped and caused outbreaks in Australia, and now RHDV2 had spread and is killing thousands of domestic rabbits since we have no effective vaccine for it, and RHDV2 is not species specific. Please help stop this bio-logical warfare on our domestic rabbits. There are other ways to control feral rabbits including halting fertility etc.    Thankyou for signing and sharing.

Maree Hamming
18,469 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Air New Zealand

Encourage Air New Zealand to allow dogs to fly on board domestic flights

New Zealand is finally catching up with the rest of the world! Wellington recently started allowing pets on public transport.A Christchurch Mall now allows their customers to bring their dogs out for a day shopping.And the rest of the country is starting to relax around dining out with your pets (although still reluctantly outdoors for majority of places)We would LOVE if Air New Zealand could show how progressive they are and start allowing dogs on board domestic flights.Airlines all across the world allow dogs to travel in cabin on domestic flights. It is much less stress for both the dog and the owner to know they are safe and calm during a flight. Check out @vincenzopepito on Instagram and his amazing travel stories. We are lucky enough that NZ domestic flights are all relatively short. If a dog can handle a 6 hour journey from LAX to NYC, then even Kerikeri to Invercargill is a walk in the park. Air New Zealand has the ball in their court on this, if they were the first to introduce it, they could literally state any conditions for carriage they like, such as:Having to book a full fare seat for the pet, and making sure that their owner sat between them and another passenger. Having to contain the pet in a carry case/bag (popular conditions stipulated by the NYC Subway system) Have a national pet passport for each animal, that will allow the airlines to ban any animal that could not behave in flight. (if only we could do that with children!)Restricting peak flight bookings.Airlines already have conditions in place for service dogs, as it is required by law to do so, such as mats for them to be seated on and certain ways they handle bookings. There are easy ways to ensure all passengers are happy with their flight conditions. Luckily most domestic flights in NZ use small planes so would not have someone sitting by a dog that wasn't comfortable to do so. We would pay a full fare (and more) to be able to travel with our boy more easily. We love to travel NZ and with more dog friendly accommodation available and even more places allowing pets, it seems a shame to ignore the huge potential tourism opportunity for pet travel within the country.The stress and logistics of cargo carriage with a pet on flights around the country make it the kind of option you save for a necessary trip or a move. Not the kind of thing you do for a weekend away. The last flight we took from Hamilton to Wellington was on a freezing cold winter morning, after being delayed while waiting for the fog to lift, we then spent the the whole flight listening to the cries of a puppy in the cargo hold. Although I trust that Air NZ do everything they can to ensure a comfortable flight for a pet, if the owner is flying too, please, please let us bring them on board. We have been lucky enough to spend quite a few vacations around the North Island happily with our dog in tow, finding some great kiwi hospitality and showing our "Down the farm" attitude that dogs are a part of the family now. No longer resigned to spending their life in the back yard, or in the kennel. Dogs are complex emotional creatures who thrive on company and love nothing more than being included in a family outing.  New Zealand's general attitude towards dogs in public is incredibly behind the rest of the world. We have enjoyed Holidays all over the USA where we saw many happy dogs of all sizes dining out with their families and shopping, and riding the public transport. The main factor that we noticed is that the general public don't blink an eye towards a dog at a restaurant or in a shopping mall, and because these dogs have been allowed to do so their whole life, they are extraordinarily well behaved and know what is expected of them. New Zealand will never get to the stage of having a harmonious relationship with dogs in public unless we let them show us how well they can handle it. We are constantly met with pleasantly surprised reactions to our dog when we travel with him, he has been on wine tours around Waiheke Island, Matakana wine country, Taupo and the Hawkes bay. He has been coming to cafe's with us since he was fully vaccinated and into any places that will let him. Because he has been constantly exposed to different environments, he is placid and happy to just be wherever we are. This is the case for every modern dog owner we know of in NZ, we just need to let them teach the rest of society that this is possible! We would love to see some signatures of support to show Air New Zealand that there is backing behind this! 

Fin Coulston
43 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Jaala Pulford

CHI'S LEGACY: Include the protection of pet rabbits in Animal Welfare Laws in Australia

Pet Rabbits in Australia are not covered under animal law and rabbits are also considered feral pests, so why does the Australian Government allow uncontrolled breeding of pet rabbits that adds to the feral rabbit population through rabbits being dumped in the Australian landscape?  The feral rabbit population started with 25 rabbits brought into Australia at settlement.  There are colonies of domestic rabbits living in communities in cities all over Australia, the result of dumped pets. Pet rabbits are not covered under Australia Animal Welfare Law, leaving welfare agencies at a disadvantage to deal with animal abuse and neglect.  The lack of laws also means that persons and pounds are not held accountable for abuse, neglect and killing of pet rabbits. In Queensland pet rabbits are banned under an archaic law even if they are desexed and micro chipped. The Australian Government releases the myxomatosis virus but does not allow pet owners to vaccinate their pet rabbits against this deadly virus.  If it were a cat or dog, the community would be outraged. Local pet stores that sell rabbits offer little to no education on rabbit care and sell them to anyone who is willing to pay. Owners are lead to believe that rabbits are cheap and easy pets for children and when they reach puberty or become ill, the majority of owners will not spend money on vet care and discover that the rabbit will bite or run away and they are then surrendered or dumped or taken to the vet to be killed.  Most rabbits are discarded before they reach 12 months old. Pet shops miss-sex baby rabbits and the result is unwanted litters across Australia to families who do not have the funds to desexed the animals and can lead to hoarding situations, giving away to more unsuspecting owners or dumping of excess rabbits. Rabbits are on-demand ovulators and can get pregnant the day they give birth to 6 to 20 rabbits each month and this continues until the mother rabbit dies and the babies are surrendered to rescues, dumped or killed. Pet owners are given no information or incorrect information on rabbit care at point of sale to unsuspecting owners who then discard the animal at puberty or when the child loses interest. Many rabbits end up dumped, neglected, abused, dead, or surrendered to council pounds, which due to the numbers are killed in high numbers. A case from New York... First it was smoking. Then it was jaywalking. Then big sugary drinks. Now New York City wants a bunny ban — specifically, a ban on selling baby rabbits in pet stores. The reason is pretty obvious: rabbits have a very big sexual appetite and they multiply pretty quickly. A bill currently before the City Council would make it illegal for pet shops to "display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer or sell" rabbits. Rabbit Run- away Orphanage works tirelessly keeping the shelter no-kill for these pet rabbits and it is a difficult situation to say the least with hundreds of rabbits coming into the shelter each year now. We are sick of seeing the dumping, killing and neglect of this pet.  As rabbits are breed as pets, they MUST be regulated as with other exotics and cats and dogs. Chi's Legacy asks the Australian Government to develop laws that will protect domestic pet rabbits from abuse, neglect and dumping in the Australian landscape or in pounds across the country, where laws do not protect them and they are euthanaised in unexceptable numbers..  We ask the Australian Government to develop animal welfare laws to protect pet rabbits and to stop the abuse, neglect dumping or killing of our pet rabbits and the contributing that this causes to the feral rabbit population problem.  As an exotic pet, they require regulations to restrict uncontrolled breeding and regulations to control ownership as with other exotic pets. Chi:  Chi was our first stray rabbit who wandered into our lives and taught us about this unique and special species and is the reason Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage exists today.

Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage
3,880 supporters