Friday, 30 December 2011

Photo competition

Would you like your bunnies to be famous? Would you be happy if people throughout the country, and perhaps beyond, were saying how lovely they are when they open cards, when they look at a calendar? Well, now is your chance.The RWAF intends to have its own Chistmas cards and calendar for sale in our shop next winter and we would love to feature the bunnies belonging to our members and supporters, rather than use professional stock photos. How unique that would be, and what a great tribute to our much loved buns.Photos need to be top quality, of course, not blurred in any way, and with a resolution of 300dpi or higher, at least post card size and saved as Jpegs. (Jpeg file size of entries need to be above 700kb).Because we want to produce a calendar, we need photos that will reflect the different seasons of the year. Christmas cards need to be seasonal, so get the camera out now before you put the decorations away!It’s free to enter and you can send your photos either as prints or on DVD or stick to our postal address:
Rabbit Welfare Association and FundPO Box 603HorshamWest SussexRH13 5WLor electronically to CompetitionPhotos@rabbitwelfare.co.uk The closing date for entries is 1st August, 2012, so that we have time to judge and to have the cards/calendars made. Winners will be announced on our Blog and the merchandise will be available in our shop in good time for next Christmas. We'd also like your permission to use any of the photos you enter for Rabbiting On, for posters, in leaflets, on our website, or for anything else they might be appropriate for - always with credit to you, of course. So please give us your written permission to use your photos in any of these when you enter. If you change your mind and want to withdraw your permission, you can do so at any time by sending an email to hq@rabbitwelfare.co.uk or by writing to us.Get snapping!

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

New Year Resolutions - how you can help improve rabbit welfare.

Well, that's Christmas over for another year, and thoughts are now turning to New Year. If everyone here could spare some time over the holiday to help us improve rabbit welfare and take a pledge to undertake at least one of the following, it could make a change for the better:

1) Have a look on-line, if you see any rabbit hutches for sale that you think are too small, then contact the retailer and tell them what you think and why. Remember that anything smaller than around 4ft x 1.5ft is smaller than a lab rabbit cage, so ask retailers if they think they should sell items smaller than this for pet rabbits. Remind them that exercise runs are just as essential as hutches, and they should make their customers aware of this.

2) Join the RWA! It costs less than £20 to join for 12 months, you will get 4 issues of Rabbiting On magazine, and you will be joining the largest organisation in the UK for rabbit welfare, and giving us a bigger voice. Together we can make a difference. If you want to know more about the work the RWAF has undertaken recently, read our campaign updates: http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/?section=our_work.html . You can join on-line here: http://www.houserabbit.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=3

3) Adopt a rescue rabbit! If you have a single bunny please think about getting him or her a friend. Remember that both rabbits will need to be neutered and you will need to have suitable accomodation for 2, and be able to afford to care for 2.

4) Print off a poster and put it in your car, your window, your work place, your vet practice or local pet shop. There are several on the website, so there is sure to be one you like: http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/ahutchisnotenough.htm

5) If you are really short of time, but want to make a difference then you can help us to help rabbits by making a donation to us via just giving http://www.justgiving.com/rwaf/donate or even quicker, by text. You can text donations to us, quickly and easily by using this number 70070 Your text message will change depending on how much you want to donate, so
If you want to donate £1 you should text RWAF11£1
If you want to donate £2 you should text RWAF11£2
If you want to donate £3 you should text RWAF11£3
If you want to donate £4 you should text RWAF11£4
If you want to donate £5 you should text RWAF11£5
If you want to donate £10 you should text RWAF11£10

6) If you see a rabbit belonging to a friend or neighbour that you know is not being looked after properly, then please print off one of our 'Dear Rabbit owner' letters and put it through their letterbox. The letters can be found on our home page: http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/index.php

7) Share our 'A Hutch is Not Enough' video, post it on your Facebook wall, tweet a link to it, add it to your Google+, send an e-mail, and why not add a link to it on your e-mail signatures? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Rg7P8lBTs

8) If you help at a rescue centre, please make sure they have submitted their rehoming figures in to our survey - we are updating the very out of date figure of 35,000 rabbits through rescue each year, but we need rescues to take part. To submit your figures please e-mail ros@rabbitwelfare.co.uk

9) Join the weather lottery and not only will you be raising funds for the RWF, you will have the chance to win £25,000! http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/index.php

10) Join the First Alert mailing list - it's free, and you can help us to spread the word by forwarding on the messages to other rabbit owning friends. Please e-mail ros@rabbitwelfare.co.uk to join. If you are able to spare the time to do any of the above, please let us know what you do, it would be great to know what works so that others can do the same!
From the RWAF team, Alan, Anne, Lizzie, Rae and Ros.

A hutch is not enough www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk
Reg Charity 1085689

Friday, 23 December 2011

The nightmare before Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP7IRB1DRJU

This video is distressing, but it proves why the 'a hutch is not enough; campaign is so essential. Rabbits live in conditions like this all over the UK and we want it to stop - NOW. The owner of these rabbits keeps some of them in 2ftx2ft or 3ft x 2ft hutches and says that it is not cruel, and that 2 in a 3ft hutch is not over crowded - we disagree, how a...bout you? She then says ' if they were too small, they wouldnt sell them in the shops would they?' - well sadly, yes they would, and do, and that is why we are working with retailers to stop selling anything smaller than 4ft and to include 5 and 6 ft hutches in their ranges. The owner thinks her rabbits are 'happy and up to weight' but we don't think they look happy at all - they can take one hop at best in those hutches. A hutch is not enough. All pet rabbits should be kept with the companionship of another (neutered) rabbit and live in an environment tha allows them to display all of their natural behaviours, such as running, jumping, digging and foraging - and never simply locked in a hutch.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Toys R'nt us

Remember not to give pets as gifts at Christmas, or any other time. Adults should always be responsible for the family pets and should be able to commit to them for their lifetime, which could be long after the children have left home. Additionally, rabbits can be more expensive to care for properly than you would think, estimates are between £9,000 - £11,000 for their lifetime - and that is without unexpected vet bills!


Vet costs can mount up, Claire King told us, "Saxon's bill came to around £10,000, and consisted of 2 ureteral calculi (one each side) , bilateral lateral ear resections, inc 2 CT scans, 2 referral practices, liver cysts with 6-8 weekly ultrasound scans for 3 years, bucal salivary gland infection and removal and in the end an exlap when he was diagnosed with liver tumours which proved inoperable."


Not a cheap childrens' pet at all!

Toys R'nt Us

The RWAF's friend Phyllis O'Beollain in Ohio has written about exactly the same thing here http://www.examiner.com/small-pets-in-dayton/no-live-pets-for-christmas-gifts?CID=examiner_alerts_article

Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas!

Hurry - last chance to order on-line for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Sunday 17th - if you are ordering on-line, then please spare a moment to sign up to The Giving Machine, or Easy Fundraising, and raise funds for the RWAF without it costing you an extra penny. Find the websites here http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/involved/?section=shopping.html

Please remember too Charity Flowers. http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/involved/?section=charity_flowers.htmlThey're great quality and if you select Rabbit Welfare Fund when you get to the checkout,15% of the cost will come to the charity to help support our work for rabbits, And what about giving an unusual gift? Buying a membership, or renewing for a friend would be a lovely gift. The more current members we have, the more power we have to bring about change. Memberships are here http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=3 or here's our Join Us page http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/join/index.php

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A Christmas Wish


http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/christmas_email/content.html Please look at our Christmas press release and share - to help us spread the word.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Campaign Update - Winter 2011

Here is the latest campaign update from Rabbiting On, thank you to everyone that has supported our work and is helping us to help rabbits, together we can make a difference.
http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/campaign_updates/ROWinter11-CampaignUpdate.pdf

If you don't want to miss a copy of Rabbiting On, and you believe that ' A hutch is not enough', then join the club!
http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/join/index.php