Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vegan Expo 2011

This is where it's at. This is where you can meet other people like you. Other people who love animals, love nature and the earth, are spiritual beings rather than followers, who love delicious compassionate food and who want to learn, heal and love even more.

The Vegan Expo (this Sunday May 01) has heaps of talks and presentations, workshops, healing activities, kids stuff, green cuisine, cruelty free stalls, films and people into stuff your into.

There will be a speech on at 3pm in the Seminar Room called Rabbits: Friends not Food. Anne Hall, animal rights activist and speaker, and member of the Companion Rabbit Advocacy, will be dispelling some of the larger myths about rabbits and will cover topics such as myxomatosis, meat farming rabbits, fur trade, rabbit rescue and caring for our friends- the bunnies. Please come and support her and enjoy the festival!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Female/Breed: /Age: under 6 months old.

Bronte is an adorable white bunny rescued off a Sydney highway by a concerned bunny lover- Talia. She has been raised indoors and has a bit of a fear about being outside perhaps left over from her days of abandonment near the busy highway. She is super social, cuddly and like to lick and play. She is a little shy at the moment but might like a companion to play with. She is not suitable for children under 13 or other larger animals. She is looking for a loving, patient, bunny-savvy or eager to learn home who is happy to house her indoors as a family member, preferably with a mostly free range lifestyle. She is litter trained and will be desexed, vaccinated and vet checked. Bronte is currently with Talia in Lawson, The Blue Mountains.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rabbits scientists’ bunnies

.DEAD IN DEMAND: Dr Glen Saunders is hoping researchers will soon introduce more effective biological control methods for rabbits.

DEAD rabbit’s liver.
It’s not the most appealing subject, but it is certainly in high demand at the Orange Agricultural Institute.
Residents who come across a recently dead rabbit are asked to contribute the carcass or liver to help researchers gain the upper hand in the biological warfare on the ferals.
By analysing the livers, NSW Department of Primary Industries scientist Tarnya Cox and her team are hoping to gain further insight into counteracting rabbits’ immunity to rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD).

Read full article here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Worst rabbit plague since 1995 could spiral out of control


IT'S the worst rabbit plague in Australia since the 1995 release of the calicivirus from Wardang Island.
And it's threatening much of the good work in eradicating the nation's most costly animal pest.
Authorities have blamed a reduced focus on controlling the rabbit pest and immunity to calicivirus for the growing problem, which costs the nation an estimated $200 million a year.
Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia chairman Nicholas Newland said a failure to recognise the extent of the emerging issue was exacerbating the problem.
Read more here.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Feral cull on Australian sub-Antarctic island

Another attempt is underway to try to kill every rabbit, rat and mouse on Macquarie Island.

The sub-Antarctic island, half way between Australia's southern island state of Tasmania and Antarctica, is a key breeding ground for rare sea birds, penguins and seals.

But it's also been a breeding ground for feral animals that are eating bird eggs and gorging their way through the native grasses.

Last year's attempts to kill the pests failed, and and a second attempt to cull the feral animals is now underway.

Listen here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Bunny Hunt 2011: 23,000 Rabbits Killed In New Zealand

Easter Bunny Hunt 2011

While some families were enjoying a nice meal together, or perhaps a peaceful church service, hunters in New Zealand killed over 23,000 bunnies over Easter weekend, NewsCore reports.
The 2011 Great Easter Bunny Hunt on New Zealand's South Island is billed as a charity event that rids farmland of an invasive pest, but some animal welfare groups see the event in an entirely different light.
Read more here and vote this a barbaric and cruel act in the poll.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Environmental campaigners angry as green laws labelled as red tape

All of Britain's 278 environment laws under review, including National Park, Clean Air and Climate Change Acts

Farms wildlife schemes boots hares population

Green laws such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which protects vulnerable species including the brown hare, are up for review. Photograph: Wildstock/PA
Environmental campaigners have condemned the coalition's inclusion of all of Britain's 278 environmental laws in a list of "red tape" regulations considered by the public for the axe.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act, National Park Act, Clean Air Act and the Climate Change Act are among the packages of environmental safeguards included in the "red tape challenge" – a crowdsourcing exercise launched by the government to establish which regulations restrict business in the UK.
All of the UK's more than 21,000 pieces of regulation are included on the government's website for an evaluation. Users are told only the issues of tax and national security are exempted. Participants are assured the "onus" will be on ministers to make the case for keeping a regulation recommended for cutting.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Bunnies Looking for Love

RABBIT numbers at the RSPCA's Mornington animal shelter have hopped to holiday highs as Easter approaches.
As a result of the influx, one of the centre's volunteers has built a new rabbit-proof enclosure which allows the bunnies to socialise and stretch their legs. The RSPCA is looking to find each rabbit a new family. Read more here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hurled from a moving car, the rabbit who lived to hop again

Ebony rabbit Hull Animal Welfare Trust

IT IS a barbaric act of animal cruelty that has disgusted animal rescue staff.
Ebony the rabbit was hurled from a moving car window by an owner who did not want her anymore.
Astonishingly, the rabbit was not seriously injured.
However, it is an act which doesn't surprise staff at Hull Animal Welfare and one of several cases of dumped rabbits which has left the South Cave trust now overflowing with small animals.
Read full article, here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Clover Moore: Bunny Thoughts at Easter

Live rabbits are often bought as gifts during Easter without consideration that they are a 10 year commitment and many end up abandoned or left alone in cages. Doggie Rescue, which has many homeless bunnies waiting for adoption, reports that up to 95 per cent of rabbits bought at Easter time do not live to see their first birthday, and has joined with Bunny Business to call on people to buy stuffed toys instead of real animals this Easter. I will continue to work to prevent impulse buying of pets this Parliament after the last Parliament opposed my Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill.tic

Read the rest of her thoughts here.

Thank God for Clover Moore or who will rally for animals in Parliament?

Exposed: the British lab carrying out "needless" tests on live rabbits

Use of rabbits in tests (Pic:BUAV)

THEIR heads trapped in vices, these terrified rabbits are about to be subjected to agonising medical tests in a British laboratory.
As drugs are injected into their bodies, their eyes bulge and they frantically try to wriggle free.
By the time their ordeal is over some are so weak they have to be killed. The others are returned to their cages for a brief respite before the start of another round of tests.

Read full story here.

BUAV's campaign to end animal testing is here, and worth a look!

Sunday, April 17, 2011




Female/ Small Lop/3 months

Poppy is quite a snuggle-bum, and has been handled daily since birth by vet nurses and some very gentle kids. She has beautiful colouring known as chinchilla. Poppy's adoption fee includes desexing and vaccination. She would love to have a home for Easter! 

Adoption fee of $60 includes vaccination, desexing (when she is old enough) and vet care. 

She is currently residing at Seaforth Veterinary Hospital.


Female/ Flemish cross/ Adult 

Alice is a sweet girl who came to a vet clinic as a stray. She has been desexed and vaccinated, so is all ready to go to her new home for Easter! She would love a large, secure garden to play in, and a hutch for night time. Alice is quite sociable and is a bit puppy-like in personality. She will need time to get to know you, but if very affectionate and loves the vet nurses who care for her.

Alice's adoption fee is $80 including desexing, vaccination and her up to date vet care.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Help get animal-tested products off the shelves!

No one wants to think they are supporting animal testing when they use a face cream or put on makeup. But you might be surprised to learn that many popular brands in supermarkets and pharmacies in Australia have actually been tested on animals.
Testing cosmetics on animals is illegal in Australia. But this law doesn't stop products being tested overseas before being sent here for sale. Confusing for consumers and devastating for animals suffering in labs overseas.
The European Union has introduced legislation that will ban the sale of any cosmetics that have been tested on animals, no matter where they are produced, by 2013. This ban will have a major effect on manufacturers who will need to stop their cruel testing methods in order to continue selling their products in Europe.
There is no reason why Australia can't follow Europe's lead and support their policy by introducing a similar ban. Everyone -- Australians included -- should be able to shop for beauty products without the risk of supporting animal tests!

Please help urge the Australian Government to follow Europe's compassionate lead by banning the sale and import of animal tested cosmetics.

Sign the petition at ANIMALS AUSTRALIA, here.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Adoptable Bunny: Belle


Female/ Breed Unknown/ Chinchilla coat/ Younger bun

Belle came to us from the pound where she was surrendered by her previous owners. I find it hard to know why someone would surrender such a gorgeous creature with such nice manners, such a pretty face and fluffy chinchilla coat! She has a mild temperament and is still a little shy at the moment. We think she'll come out of her shell to be a rascally but snuggley bunny.

She is residing with Clare and Alex (with Leia) in Dulwich Hill for now, but hopefully this soon to be cuddle bear will be someones new best friend.

She will be available for adoption from Sydney Pet Rescue, after desexing and vaccination.


This beautiful bunny is at Renbury pound and will need a kind foster carer if not adopted out by the 19th April. 

Is anyone able to help?

Please contact me immediately if you can help with the rescue and provide a loving (temp or permanent) home.

Animals Australia: Wildlife under threat from shooters in NSW

Under the new NSW Government, animals living in the wild may be under increased threat. The Government needs the backing of crossbenchers like the Shooters and Fishers party to ensure the passage of bills in the Upper House, and this party has some very disturbing issues on its 'wish list'.

Not only does the Shooters and Fishers party want a stop on establishing new national parks and marine parks -- it also wants to overturn the ban on duck shooting in NSW. And the list continues; the party wants hunters to be allowed to shoot introduced animals in NSW national parks, private hunting reserves to be created, and to introduce shooting as an approved school 'sport'! These demands not only put many animals' lives in immediate danger, it will also cost NSW tax payers millions of dollars in funding these cruel hobbies.

Some early signs indicate the O'Farrell Government may cave in to some of these demands. The new Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has already suggested that she would allow more fishing in some marine park areas.

It is critical in this early stage of the new Government's term to ensure that they realise that people want animals protected from cruelty, including the unnecessary suffering caused by hunting. Please help urge the NSW Government to uphold and increase the protection of animals in the wild.

From Rabbitron, California.

Snowy eagles a possible target

There is concern wedge-tailed eagles are being targeted by property owners in the New South Wales High Country due to a perceived threat to stock.
Investigations are underway after one of the birds was put down when it was found caught in an illegal rabbit trap, south of Jindabyne.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service says there is a belief the eagles cause damage to stock.
The Regional Manager, Pam O'Brien, says this year's conditions may explain the approach.
"Unfortunately with this season, with all the long grass, eagles are doing it a bit tough," she said.
"It's a lot harder to locate rabbits in the grass.
"So, the rabbits are going really well, and the eagles aren't doing as well.
"This may be why people are targeting them."
Ms O'Brien says although the traps should not be used, she hopes the death was an accident.
But she says there is a possibility it was deliberate.
"Unfortunately, some people think these animals cause a lot of damage to stock," she said.
"We have research that indicates they don't.
"70 per cent their food is rabbits."

Article sourced from here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Candy We Don't Want to Find Easter Morning

Excerpt from here.

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All photos by Laine Doss
Run, bunny, run!
We're not sure exactly when Easter became the day to chomp the heads off innocent chocolate creatures of the forest, but that's what this holiday has evolved into. A recent trip to a megastore's candy aisle yielded a host of cringe-inducing products. Another Easter tradition is to hunt for treats, so let's hope we forget our contact lenses the big day. 

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Get it? They're not Easter bunnies -- they're Reester Bunnies! Ha, ha! Isn't that funny? That's what we call a "play on words" in marketing terms. I'm sorry... Did you say I was fired?

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Do I look like Peter F**ckin' Rabbit to you, motherf**ker?

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Ummm, rainbow-flavored grass. Stoner food disguised as kiddie treats.

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Nothing says "yummy" more than farm animals crapping for your eating enjoyment.

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Pssst. Hey, Timmy. So Mommy and Daddy are getting a divorce. Buck up and eat your Easter candy, you whiner!

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The perfect bunny for little bullies. Even easier than pulling the wings off flies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fosters Carers Needed

"I should be the poster child for animal rights. I am slaughtered for my fur. I am slaughtered for my meat. I am factory farmed in rabbit mills. I am tortured by vivisectors in their ‘labs.’ I am the third most commonly ‘euthanized’ companion animal. I am hunted and snared. I am the object of blood sports. I am often cruelly abused. I am given as a live animal prize. I languish in pet stores. Why aren’t I?”

—Poster from RabbitWise, Inc., a rabbit advocacy organization.

It's coming up to Easter and us bunny lovers are worried about the influx that comes after bunnies given as gifts lose their novelty.

Shelters are full. Foster carers scarce. The general public uncaring. Who will look after these poor lost souls??

Please, if you are able to give some love to a bun that needs your help, contact me as soon as you can. or leave a comment with your contact details below and I will contact you to let you know the process. I am with Sydney Pet Rescue and Adoption, a registered not for profit with the WSPA.