Rabbit Advocacy Animal Matters
rabbits seized; Investigators believe they were to be sold for Easter
Note: The farmer has been convicted of animal cruelty twice before in dealing with horses.
Comment: Rabbit mills, backyard breeders, pet stores, farmers, and anyone else trying to make a few bucks by advertising cute little baby bunnies in time for Easter - well, they’re everywhere. These people don't care who they sell to - the bottom line is to typically encourage an impulse buy.
Now that Craigslist is widely used for buying and selling, breeders also post pets for sale, even though the forum prohibits this. They try to get around it by using "adoption fee", and because rabbits don't command a high price like puppies, it's easier to get away with. As Easter approaches, we have seen an increase in the frequency of rabbit postings. Don't be fooled, don't fall for their lines. Contact your local humane society, shelter, or rescue group, if you are considering bringing a bunny into your household.
Annual Easter Bunny Kill seen as Fun
Comment: While a small number of rabbits are held in esteem, the majority of people are indifferent or downright hostile and cruel toward these creatures, regarding them as nuisances to be eradicated. Others see them useful only as in providing a living, with the bottom line always being the motivating factor. Government agencies, politicians, and animal welfare organizations, like the SPCA, have failed to provide leadership and programs to help in changing public perceptions toward animals. Easter’s here again and so is New Zealand’s annual rabbit slaughter. Thousands of feral rabbits will be shot to death. Media continues to make light of the event, referring to the creatures as pests, as if that somehow justifies the killing spree. Bunny burgers and sausage are all part of the ‘fun’ – a fine example for the kids. And we wonder why there’s no peace and compassion in the world.
In 2010, ‘hunters’ managed to shoot 24,368 sentient creatures, regarded by team participants and government as pests - including 23,064 rabbits, 1152 hares and 54 possums - in the 19th annual Great Easter Bunny Hunt held in Central Otago's farm region.
23,000 Easter bunnies shot in New Zealand
April 24, 2011 NewsCore
The shooting of more than 23,000 rabbits in New Zealand during a charity hunting event held over the Easter vacation weekend has drawn fire from animal welfare campaigners.
While organisers of the annual Great Easter Bunny Hunt, held across the southern
region of New Zealand's South Island, argued the event was ridding farmland of
an introduced, rampant pest species, welfare group Safe saw things differently,
the Sunday Star-Times reported.
Hunt spokesman Dave
Ramsay said the rabbit problem was at its worst in the region for 20 years, and
the annual event raised thousands for local charities.
Huffington Post Poll 04/25/11asked: How do you feel about the Great Easter Bunny Hunt?
March 31, 2013 For over two decades the Great Easter Bunny ‘Hunt’ has taken place in Central Otago, New Zealand. A despicable and cruel event, to be sure, held on a Christian holiday. Whatever happened to the teachings of love, mercy, and compassion? Organizers justify it as a way to improve the lives of humans, with this year’s proceeds going towards the purchase of a new CT scanner for the Dustan Hospital.
A total of 432 shooters took part in the 22nd staging of the 24-hour event, with 18,027 bunnies eradicated on area farms. The Boy Scouts are commissioned by the Lions to pick up all the dead rabbit carcasses scattered in Pioneer Park in Alexandra and dispose of them in a purpose-dug pit.
“Last year, luck was considered to be on the rabbits’ side with 10,400 rabbits killed.” (Source: www.stuff.co.nz. 13/04/01)
March 26, 2016 Once again, Otago, New Zealand, held its traditional mass murder of wild rabbits, dubbed the Great Easter Bunny Hunt. A Christian holiday celebrated by destroying life is truly repulsive. What about peace and humanity?
Hunt convener Dave Ramsay said the event did not make a significant impact on the overall rabbit population, but it was about fun and education. "The hunters learn that they need to keep going out shooting to keep them under control." This is the sick mentality of many human beings.
This year, shooters massacred a total of 9680 rabbits, up on last year's haul of 8439. The Alexandra Lions Club runs the event. A total of 297,359 rabbits have been killed over the event's 25-year history.
Related News: In 2009, the dead rabbit toss was cancelled in rural Waiau, NZ, but in 2010 the possum toss went ahead at Colyton School. The primary school ran a possum-trapping contest with teams of local hunters killing almost 1000 of the pests. Most were taken to a local fur trader to raise money for the school. A considerable outcry ensued about that, with calls for the Principal, Colin Martin, to be fired, while he fired back saying: "Our kids are taught by the SPCA and the Department of Conservation that these animals are pests and quite destructive ... That's how the country kids look at it.” "There's certainly a big difference between a cat and a possum, and our kids know the difference." Mr. Martin added that some of the money raised would also benefit various charities including the SPCA.