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No Supreme Court hearing for defender of feral rabbits in Canmore, Alta.

January 23, 2014 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada won't hear an appeal from a nature lover who tried to save the rabbits of Canmore, Alta., from a deadly cull. The town decided several years ago to trap and kill its feral rabbits, which it said were devouring local gardens and attracting predators such as coyotes and even cougars.

Daniel Onischuk, an Edmonton photographer, objected and went to court for an injunction, arguing trapping, sterilizing and relocating the rabbits would be a better option.

The Court of Queen's Bench dismissed his suit, saying he had no standing to bring the application since he had no ties or interest in Canmore and the appeal court declined to hear an appeal. The town began the trap-and-kill program in the fall of 2012.

As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for refusing to hear Onischuk's appeal.

Comment: Dan is to be commended for his tremendous efforts in bringing this matter to the Courts.

“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” Henry David Thoreau

December 5, 2012 Letter by Carmina Gooch Gassing rabbits no solution 

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

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