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Lab Animals in the UK Need Your Help

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The British government is considering replacing current lab animal regulations with a new EU directive that offers less protection.  Adopting the EU law could result in reduced inspections in labs, less oversight by ethical committees, inhumane methods of killing,  and an increase in suffering by lab animals in the UK.

Every year approximately 10,138 rabbits are used in experiments in the UK.  These animals need your help.  If 10,000 people raise their voices by September 5th and urge the British government to say no to the EU law,  this could prevent a huge step back in animal welfare in the UK.  If you live in the UK, you can say no to the consultation by clicking here.

To learn more about the campaign, visit Give Animals a Voice.

Calling All British Rabbit Owners

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

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The University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences is conducting a study of how rabbits are cared for in the UK.

According to Dr. Emily Blackwell, a member of the research team: “We are keen to hear from rabbit owners about all aspects of their rabbit’s life as very little is currently known about the way pet rabbits are kept in the UK. We want to know where rabbits live, how they behave, what they eat and how healthy they are, as well as how they interact with their owners.”

If you live in the UK and own a rabbit, go to www.survey.bris.ac.uk/awb/rabbitsurvey to complete the survey. Everyone who fills it out will have the opportunity to win 100 pounds.

Rabbit Rubbish Bins Designed by Paul Smith

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Paul Smith's New London Rubbish Bin

For the “Super Contemporary” show which opened at the Design Museum in London today, fashion designer Paul Smith and 14 other artists were commissioned to “give something back” to London.

Smith focused his project on his distaste for litter. His creation is a 5-foot green rabbit holding a trash bag. When you throw garbage in the bin, the rabbit’s ears light up. Prototypes of his “New London Rubbish Bin” have been placed in Covent Gardens and Holland Park on a 4-month trial period.

I love the idea, and I hope these garbage bins end up all over the place.

For more info:
Design Museum
Paul Smith’s Website
Bloomberg.com
High Snobiety

Rabbit Show Jumping in England

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Inspired by rabbit show jumping videos on YouTube, two brothers, Mathew and Thomas Haslam, from Doncaster, England, have been training their two rabbits to participate in the rabbit agility competition at the Ultimate Pet Show in Birmingham. The two bunnies, Bubbles and Lilac, are a favorite to win the competition. To prep the rabbits for the contest, Mathew and Thomas set up obstacles in their backyard and initially used leashes to guide the rabbits over the fences.

For more info: The Daily Mail

Bosom Buddies: Mini Pig and Giant Rabbit

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

William, the miniature piglet, and Charles, the giant rabbit

At Pennywell Farm in Devon, England, an unusual friendship has blossomed between William, a miniature piglet, and Charles, a giant rabbit. According to Chris Murray of Pennywell Farm, “The cheeky piglet seems to have no fear of something so much bigger than he is and he will also help himself to any food that Charles has.”

For more info: news:lite

RSPCA Announces Rabbit Action Week

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

rspcaIn light of the shockingly high number of pet rabbit neglect/abuse cases in England last year, the Royal Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has launched a campaign called Rabbit Action Week.

During the week of March 28 – April 5, the society hopes to educate pet owners about proper rabbit care. Free health checks, neutering vouchers, and microchipping will be available at various venues throughout England.

For more info:
This is Hull and East Riding
Wirral Globe
RSPCA – Rabbit Action Week

British Cat Adopts Baby Rabbit

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Funny Looking Kitten
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UK Bunny Owners: National Rabbit Week Jan 24-30, 2009

Monday, January 19th, 2009

National Rabbit Week logoIn the United Kingdom, rabbit owners or potential owners can learn more about responsible rabbit care during Burgess National Rabbit Week, January 24-30, 2009.

The focus of this year’s rabbit week is on fiber. Fiber is essential to rabbits’ health, so be sure your rabbit is getting enough hay! You can check out My House Rabbit’s articles “What to Feed Your House Rabbit” and “A Correct Diet is Vital for Rabbits” for more information on the proper diet for rabbits.

Many vets, retailers, rescues and other rabbit organizations across the UK will be participating in National Rabbit Week offering free checkups, samples, and care information. Go to the Burgess National Rabbit Week website for more information and to find events in your area.

British Rabbit Gets Wheelchair

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Bunny in wheelchairEthel, a lop-eared rabbit from the UK, lost the use of her hind legs after falling ill. Zoe Holbourne, her owner, decided to give her rabbit another chance at mobility and ordered a custom wheelchair from Dogs to Go, a Texas company that makes carts for disabled pets. It was the first wheelchair the company had shipped to the UK.

According to Holbourne, “At first she struggled to keep her balance and kept tipping over, but she soon got to grips with it, especially on flat surfaces. Now she loves it. The wheelchair is very effective and it stops moving as soon as she wants it to. It doesn’t roll along when she is standing still.”

I have seen disabled bunnies using carts before, but I’m not sure how common it is. From what I’ve seen, some people have been able to build their own bunny wheelchairs, and there are several companies that can custom build them as well, including:

Here’s a video of Blueberry, a disabled rabbit at the Toronto Humane Society, using a cart.

For more info: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/3483678/NEEDSPICDisabled-rabbit-gets-wheelchair.html

Free Myxomatosis Vaccinations for UK Rabbits

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

This past March marked National Vaccination Month where UK rabbit owners were offered a free dose of vaccine to protect their rabbits against the deadly disease myxomatosis. Vaccinations for myxomatosis should be administered every six months to provide continued immunity, so Intervet / Schering-Plough Animal Health are offering those pet owners who took part in the campaign in March to receive a second free dose this month.

Myxomatosis is a painful condition that is largely untreatable. For more information, visit: