Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Rabbit Interactive - Dr Anne McBride's lecture

We'd like to share with you some of the things we learned at the RWAF Conference in Edinburgh over the weekend Dr Anne Mcbride's lecture on behaviour started the conference for the owners - she started off by making us all think about how rabbits have evolved in our culture to where they are now and how we have created different breeds that may have welfare concerns. One of the most interesting parts of her talk explained how domestic rabbits will react to the shillouette of a hawk and flee, but not to the shillouette of a goose, which they instinctively know is not a predator. Clever bunnies. We think that this shows that domestic rabbits have the same instincts and the same needs as their wild relatives and need to behave in the same ways. A Hutch Is Not Enough

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

If you love rabbits you will love Rabbiting On magazine!

If you love rabbits you will love Rabbiting On magazine! Do you have houserabbits, or are you thinking of bringing your outdoor rabbits inside for the winter? If the answer to either question is yes, then our Winter issue of Rabbiting On is for you. It's our Houserabbit Special. We know that some of you are old hands at having your rabbits indoors but there is always something to learn and we have focused on houserabbits in these articles, though of course there is still plenty for those of you with outdoor rabbits. We have articles on Bunnyproofing your home Houserabbit health issues Moving an outdoor rabbit indoors What can go wrong (when keeping houserabbits) Winter greens - free from nature's larder in the summer...but how about growing your own in the winter? This is just as important too for outdoor rabbits. Antifreeze - a deadly poison. This is vital information for all pet owners What houserabbits need - giving them the right environment Welcome to my world, which is part 2 of our series on communicating effectively with rabbits Christmas Crafts...making bunny safe decorations Of course there are all our usual features too -News, Campaign Updates, what's new at Bunny Bazaar, It's My Bunny, Roundup, Conference Report, Paw Prints, Bunny of the Year and so on. This issue is only available to RWA members, so please, if what you see here is of interest to you, join us. You'll get 3 further issues of the magazine during the year and all the many other benefits of being a RWA member. All details are here for the UK http://www.bunnybazaar.com/HRWAMSC/Membership-Subscriptions/NEW-Adult-Membership-UK-only-Annual-Subscription here for Europe http://www.bunnybazaar.com/HRWAMAO/Membership-Subscriptions/-European-membership--annual-subscription and here for the rest of the world. http://www.bunnybazaar.com/HRWAMAOI/Membership-Subscriptions/International-membership--annual-subscription Join us and add your voice to ours. Together we can make a difference

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Vet Membership - for rabbit friendly practices

Is your vet rabbit friendly? The RWAF holds a list of rabbit friendly practices. To be included on the list, vets must be members of the RWA AND complete a questionnaire that gives us some information about their practice so that assess if they are rabbit frienldly or not. We need a named vet at the practice also, as not all vets in the practice may be as good as others with rabbits. If you think your vet is good, and would like them to be on the rabbit friendly vet list please ask them to join and we will send them a questionnaire. Other benefits of joining are here: http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pdfs/RWAVETMEMBERSHIPINFO.pdf

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Could you be an Angel?

Meet Angel. She lives very happily with one of our RWA members, April, as you can see in the video, and her new husbun, Ricky. A few months ago, she used to live alone in a tiny hutch. It was filthy and stinking. The roof leaked. The hutch was exposed to all types of weather, including blazing sunshine, and her owner had it covered in a tarpaulin because of the leaks, but that was left down over the front of the hutch hour after hour after hour so Angel couldn't even see out, nor get any fresh air, nor relief from the rank odour of her hutch. April rescued her from that, and now Angel is showing us all what sort of life a bunny ought to have and how joyful, playful and fun they can be http://youtu.be/zJjyHmn3YKY Ricky is equally lucky. He was found wandering the streets around his home town. He'd been someone's pet but had either escaped or been dumped. He was brought to April by the lady who found him. Adverts were placed to try to help him find his way back home, but his owner never came forward. No one was looking for Ricky, or missing him. Luckily he has a great and a safe, secure life with his Angel. This is how Angel lived before - not good is it?
Angel and Ricky are two of the lucky ones. We know that 67,000 rabbits a year go through rescues centres in the UK, but many thousands more are left to live in conditions like Angel used to. This is why our ' A hutch is not enough' campaign is so essential - we need to reach the owners who are not caring for their rabbits properly, and we need to work with retailers to improve the information they give and products that they sell to their customers. Please help us to help rabbits - Join the RWA today, and treat yourself to our quarterly magazine Rabbiting On. http://www.bunnybazaar.com/HRWAMSC/Membership-Subscriptions/NEW-Adult-Membership-UK-only-Annual-Subscription

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Peter Rabbit

We have been sent this story by Runaround, from one of their customers, and have permission to share it. You'll need your hankies, but there has a happy ending. 'A Hutch Is Not Enough'; apart from causing health problems, we can crush a rabbit's spirit and do lasting damage to them if we do not care for them properly. There are thousands and thousands of rabbits out there like Peter, who will not be lucky enough to find their guardian angel like he did. They cannot bark, nor whine, and are so often ignored and doomed to become 'garden ghosts' who suffer in silence while they endure the misery of solitary confinement and are unable to do any of the things that rabbits should be able to do like run, jump, dig, forage, and snuggle with another bunny. We take our hats off to his new human friend, Jane. She's done a great job and both she and Peter have benefited hugely from their new relationship Please please help us spread the message that 'A hutch is not enough' and share this story. http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pdfs/peter_rabbit.pdf