Protesters carried signs outside the Civic Centre in Canmore, Alberta over the weekend to protest the killing of feral rabbits that have become an increasing problem in the area, about 100 kilometers east of Calgary. Signs with slogans such as “Bunnies Deserve Better than Animal Auschwitz” reflected the decision by town officials to trap rabbits and kill them with poison gas. Here are highlights of an article posted on the CBC News website:
The group of protestors says the town’s plan to kill the rabbits, rather than send them to a sanctuary, is inhumane.
“I feel like compassion is the most important human quality and I would like people to choose compassion,” said protestor Celeste Wilcott.
The town started to euthanize the animals in October after a program to relocate them ended.
The rabbit population in the small mountain town is about 2,000 and growing.
Canmore’s mayor says it’s becoming a health hazard.
“They are an attractant for cougars, particularly also bears and coyotes and we can’t have those carnivores coming into the town and potentially killing a human,” said Canmore Mayor John Borrowman.
Borrowman says they are using a gas to euthanize the animals, which has been approved by the SPCA.
The town started the cull in mid-October, but hasn’t released a count of total number of rabbits killed.
The complete report, including a two-minute video of the protest and comments by the Mayor of Canmore, is available at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/11/18/calgary-canmore-bunnies.html
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