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Step forward in UVic rabbit plan

Feral rabbits on campus will be euthanized or sterilized


 

The University of Victoria announced plans on Monday to deal with the 1,400 rabbits that have taken over the campus.

The original plan was to trap and euthanize the rabbits to cut down the population, but the new agenda includes a sterilization option.  A contractor will set traps around campus and rabbits will either be euthanized or sterilized and relocated. The sterilized rabbits can be adopted by applying for a permit from the Ministry of Environment.

Although, ideally, I’d like to see no rabbits euthanized, it’s good to hear that UVic is trying out other options. With any luck, the Coalition for the Ethical Treatment of UVic Rabbits can recognize this announcement as a positive step forward. The focus can now (hopefully) be shifted to finding accommodation.

UVic will keep just 200 feral rabbits on campus, with 50 in each “rabbit control” quadrant.

-Photo by litlnemo


 

Step forward in UVic rabbit plan

  1. “Although, ideally, I’d like to see no rabbits euthanized…”

    You’ll no doubt be happy to hear that no rabbits will, in fact, be euthanized because euthanization implies that it is done in the animal’s best interest. This “compromise” is only in the best interest of the university. Death, in this case, is not in the animal’s best interest. Feel free to call it what it is: killing.

  2. Killing by injection. The should just bread some hawks to take care of the parasite infested rabbits.

  3. What a shame. The rabbits are something unique and charming about the UVic campus. I’d be sorry to see them go. And what exactly is a “rabbit control quadrant”?

  4. The rabbits definitely add charm and uniqueness to the UVic campus.
    I can understand the idea of “control” but cutting from 1,400 to 200, that’s more of a massacre.
    Where will the rabbits get relocated? Has UVic considered working with other groups such as a conservation operation of birds of prey (there is one in Duncan).

  5. Truly, the rabbit has become an iconic figure at U Vic. No matter how bad your day is going, watching little kids feeding the bunnies always makes the sun shine a little brighter. That said, I’ve watched with some interest as the population has increased exponentially over the last few years. Cute though they may be, they have become a problem. The campus ecology has suffered greatly at the hands of these fluffy critters, and roadkill rabbit has sadly become all too common.
    While I’m not sure I’m totally in favour of a mass cull, I fully agree that serious measures do need to be considered. U Vic has taken some promising steps to enlist community partners, but in lieu of substantial public support, some sort of cull may be necessary. For all of you that are stalwartly opposed to this, I respectfully invite you to make a donation to any of the numerous organizations involved in finding an alternative solution.

  6. Humans created this problem since people who had originally obtained the rabbits to keep as pets simply abandoned them when they were no longer interested in keeping them. How sad, and how terribly irresponsible. I fail to understand how you can be equivocal about whether a mass cull should be conducted. In my view, such a step is simply not a serious moral option. Sterilization and movement to good homes is the way to go.
    As for making a donation, I fully intend to make as big a donation as I can, if I can find a responsible organization that will ensure the donation is used for its intended purpose, and, that is why I am here: I would like to know what organizations exist to which I and my friends can donate. Everyone should step up to the plate here and take responsibility for ensuring the humane and ethical treatment of these animals: After all, isn’t their welfare our responsibility ?

  7. Hi:

    For those who are interested in giving a donation to an organization that is helping the UVic rabbits in a non lethal humane way, may I suggest to donate to the registered charity http://www.earthanimalrights.org. This charity along with groups of rabbit advocates are creating a sanctuary just for this purpose. In a week, this group has raised over $60,000 from very generous private sponsors, but still needs a lot more for the purpose of relocating, rehoming and taking care of the poor innocent creatures who will be killed by the university if this alternative is not taken. I sincerely hope that more kind people will continue to give generously to make this solution the only solution for the UVic rabbits so that not one animal has to be killed. Thank you to all of those who have donated so far – you have already saved many rabbit’s lives.

    Regards,

    Kathleen Terrio

  8. Hi:

    For those who are interested in giving a donation to an organization that is helping the UVic rabbits in a non lethal humane way, may I suggest to donate to the registered charity http://www.earthanimalrights.org. This charity along with groups of rabbit advocates are creating a sanctuary just for this purpose. In a week, this group has raised over $60,000 from very generous private sponsors, but still needs a lot more for the purpose of relocating, sterilizing, rehoming and taking care of the poor innocent creatures who will be killed by the university if this alternative is not taken. I sincerely hope that more kind people will continue to give generously to make this solution the only solution for the UVic rabbits so that not one animal has to be killed. Thank you to all of those who have donated so far – you have already saved many rabbits’lives.

    Regards,

    Kathleen Terrio
    ESL Instructor at the University of Victoria