There is a pet rabbit crisis in the UK, says the trustee of an animal rescue charity, and she has launched a petition asking the government to improve the welfare of pet rabbits by creating a code of practice, similar to those that already exist for the welfare of dogs and cats. Camp Nibble is based in West Yorkshire, and they recently issued a press release to promote their e-petition.
Recent studies by the RSPCA and PDSA have identified rabbits to be the most neglected and cruelly treated pet in the UK. In their November 2012 press release the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) the UK’s leading authority on rabbit welfare revealed that around 67,000 unwanted rabbits passed through UK rescue shelters each year. The numbers that do not successfully make it into rescue shelters is almost certainly several times this amount.
“Most of our rescue rabbits one way or another have ended up at Camp Nibble due to people taking on rabbits with little realisation of what is needed for them to live happy, healthy lives. They are widely misunderstood animals and are very often mistakenly taken on as cheap, easy pets. In many cases the responsibility for their care is even left in the hands of children. As intelligent, sensitive animals that can live in excess of ten years it is clear that something has to change” says Hannah Potts Camp Nibble trustee.
To see the complete text of the press release, please visit: http://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/charity-launches-government-e-petition-to-address-uk-pet-rabbit-welfare-crisis/s66/a553596/
To view the online petition, go to: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49086
It seems obvious to Hoppington Post that if the UK has established codes of practice to protect cats and dogs, it is unfair not also to include pet rabbits as being worthy of protection.