Rabbit Advocacy Animal Matters


EARS Crocodile Tears


EARS is a gold-digging media tool of Canmore officials used to soothe the public and get access to private property for kill-trapping. For Canmore rabbits, EARS failed to support sanctuaries as promised, then abandoned the rabbits as soon as donations dried up....running off with $28,000 extra donations which could save 200 more rabbits not just 50 offered Nov 2012. This is much like the complaints I heard form other UVic rescuers in April 2011 of what EARS did at Univ. of Victoria in 2010, taking at least $140,000 ($85,000 UVic contract, $50,000 from fur-bearers plus $8300 raised by others plus many more later unaudited donations) but EARS only accepted 660 of 1100 rabbits, leaving other rescuers with 400+ rabbits and no place to go -eventually costing others about $30,000 to relocate the 400+ rabbits to the USA - which EARS continues to refuse to give any sanctuary support funds...  For Canmore rabbits, EARS has failed repeatedly to provide any adequate support funds to any sanctuaries and EARS has wasted several $1000s travelling to Canmore - instead of email, phone & email photos. Since 2010 EARS has refused to allow any third party audit of donations and expenses so I question who the EARS charity really benefits.  At UVic EARS fought and refused to work with other rescuers and at Canmore EARS gradually took over the local rescue group Save-Canmore-Bunnies after hijacking the websites and blogs by changing the admin passwords.  EARS also is reported to have mistreated rabbits and volunteers, firing some volunteers for reporting unaccounted funds. When I spoke with EARS founder in April 2011, she said was dispassionate about the rabbits, and did not mind when they were killed at UVic because it boosted donations - I heard that with my own ears....

Recently on 17 Nov 2012 protesters at Canmore town hall also challenged Canmore officials refusals to allow good sanctuaries to qualify or remain options while Canmore was killing rabbits during October and November -while EARS said and did nothing.  While EARS remained silent, local protesters organized a rally that opposed the unnecessary killing of rabbits using unknown gases which was reported last year as gases produced by using sulfuric acid - the Town has offered no proof of what gases were used for euthanizing or how many rabbits were killed. A peaceful protest 17 Nov 2012 against euthanasia of the rabbits had good news coverage that prompted Canmore officials to re-open sanctuary access, allowing EARS to take credit again for local volunteersí efforts to obtain sanctuary space while EARS scolded the protesters life-saving efforts in the local news media. EARS defends Canmore officials, regardless of the possible harm to rabbits. EARS does little more than collect donations and all of the credit - while local Canmore & Calgary volunteers find all the sanctuaries and do all the other real work while Vickery whines and treats volunteers badly, and ignores proper actual funding support for rabbits and sanctuary operators.  Vickery appears mainly interested in building a personal nest-egg for herself - leaving many rabbits & sanctuaries without the money they need.

Read more: Injunction dismissed, activists forge on, the politics of it all, EARS contract, concerns mount for the rabbits; lethal control

Related news: UVic moves to rabbit-free campus; there'll be no mercy; sanctuary news; Coombs calamity; a rabbit dead every 2nd day

Some correspondence re: rabbits, reg's, abandonment, FLNRO bureaucracy; politics