Last week we reported on the Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue in Lusby, Maryland having been raided and its rabbits seized after PETA complained about the facility to the Calvert County Animal Control office. But was that action necessary? And are the rabbits that were taken now receiving better care? Some are saying “no.”
In an open letter to PETA published in Southern Maryland’s Baynet.com, Evonne Vey challenges the decision to raid Bunny Magic and states that the condition of the seized rabbits is now worse than prior to the August 8th raid. Here are highlights of her letter:
There are rumors leaking out that are not very pleasant and reflect ignorance concerning the care of the rabbits. It would be nice if Tri County would allow a Rabbit Rescue into the shelter so that the Tri County workers could be guided and educated about the care of these intelligent, but fragile creatures.
I saw the photos in the paper, supposedly evidence why the seizure took place. Pictured was a lively well fed rabbit with long nails – that is not cruelty! I saw dead rabbits in the freezer, ( Vets keep dead animals in their freezers) due to the drought the ground was too hard for Mrs. VanWie to bury them. I saw a garage that had bunnies in cages ( again, all plump rabbits) and a lot of hay scattered round…and I saw a few full litter boxes….and a picture of 4 lionheads happily playing. Was this truly a good reason for you to uproot 220 rabbits from their air conditioned home and put them in a barn where 7 perished and now they are full of fleas and many are wet due to sitting in trays containing their own feces and urine. There are Cottontails that should have been released but are living in cages terrified and frantic when humans come near them. Cottontails by law are only supposed to be cared for by licensed rehabilitators.
Mrs. VanWie had passed an inspection from Animal Control within the last year. If there were problems at any time she should have been formally notified and given the opportunity to rectify them before the rabbits were seized.
So again I ask what was PETA’s purpose? Judging by the result – and PETA’s current absence and apparent disinterest in the care the rabbits are now receiving – it could not have been the welfare of the rabbits.
You can read all of Ms. Vey’s letter at http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/29255
Hoppington Post is concerned that the actions taken by PETA may not have been helpful, and we would welcome further input from sources who have first hand knowledge of the Bunny Magic situation and the care now being given to the rabbits that were taken from it. Please feel free to leave comments on this web site.
Photo: ewen and donabel