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    Two Rabbits abandoned every day by owners in Scotland

    NewsRabbits and bunniesTuesday 23 July 2013
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    An animal welfare charity has appealed to parents to think twice about buying a rabbit for their children after a 40% rise in the number of abandoned pets by owners in the past 5 years.

    The appeal was launched by the Scottish SPCA to highlight the trouble and was launched at the charity’s annual rabbit awareness week.

    A spokesperson for the SPCA said that “The Scottish SPCA is keen to encourage existing and would-be owners to consider taking on a rescue rabbit rather than buying a new bunny from a shop, with the number of abandoned, unwanted and neglected bunnies coming into its care steadily increasing over the last five years.”

    Mike Flynn who is the Scottish SPCA chief superintendent said that “In 2012 we rescued a staggering 766 rabbits across Scotland, almost a 40 per cent increase on the 548 rabbits we cared for in 2008.

    “This year is proving to be very challenging as well, with 390 rabbits already rescued, and this worrying trend demonstrates why we need to raise awareness of the hardships many pet rabbits face.

    “There are lots of loving rabbit owners who treat their pets like one of the family and give them all the care and attention they need. But, sadly, this isn’t true in all cases.

    “Some rabbits arrive in our care in a terrible state, having been denied basic nutrition and veterinary attention, while others are sadly forgotten pets children have grown tired of.”

    The organisation has told owners that if they want pets then they have to understand that there are commitments and sacrifices that have to be made including time and financial understandings.

    The SPCA rabbit awareness week ran from July 15 to 21. Rabbits are perhaps the most vulnerable pet in the whole UK due to people thinking they are easy to look after without little effort however this is often not the case. 

     

     

    Source: Scotsman

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