Saturday, 20 April 2013

Moore space for pets have joined The RWAF retailer charter

We would also like to welcome Moore Space for pets to The RWAF retailer charter. Mike told us this: I set up my business " Moore Space For Pets" last year with the passion of being able to make high quality yet affordable enclosures and runs which would enable people to give their pets the room they need to be happy and healthy at an affordable price. The welfare of rabbits is very important as is the welfare of every other animal and pet. I think many pet owners need educating regarding the minimum care needed when purchasing animals and to understand they are living creatures and not just cute pets that after time may become a hindrance to families who often regret purchasing them. To educate potential rabbit owners that they need to clean, exercise and interact with their new pets and also follow guidance from the RWAF is of utmost importance when I sell and promote the products a sell. The RWAF recommend a 6ft x 2ft x 2ft hutch with an attached 8ft run as a minimum living area for 2 rabbits. We feel that it is necessary to work with pet shops to change opinion and to work towards more suitable products, and information being accessible to existing and potential rabbit owners as well as members of staff, to promote rabbit welfare.

Rabbit Questionnaire

Rabbit Questionnaire Researcher James Oxley is trying to find out about rabbit-human interaction. He has compiled a survey that aims to help him do that. Please give some of your time to completing either an online version or a downloadable one that can be posted to him once completed. You can complete the survey online here http://www.smart-survey.co.uk/s/Rabbitquestionnaire Or download it here https://skydrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=8085B393A126F3CC%21241

UK Aviaries have joined The RWAF Retailer Charter

The RWAF are delighted to announce another signing to our retailer charter. UK Aviaries have removed their 3ft hutch from sale within 2 hours of our conversation - can't get a quicker response than that! Stuart, who has owned UK Aviaries for the last 9 years, got in touch with us after some feedback from a local rabbit rescue about his rabbit hutches and was actually shocked to learn about the welfare implications of small rabbit hutches and problems that they can cause. We hope that you will support Stuart, and our other charter members when making a purchase. Stuart told us ' I am not a rabbit keeper and I believed that rabbits lived happily in hutches eating carrots all day. Now that I know different I am shocked that hutches that are unsuitable can be sold. UK Aviaries will not be doing this any more because we have signed up to the RWAF Retailer Charter and we are 100% behind the 'A hutch is not enough' campaign. We made the change to range that we offer within hours of talking to RWAF. Although we sell hutches we also sell kennels with runs which make brilliant rabbit accommodation too, and we can offer a discount to any rescue registered as a charity. So if you fancy something a bit different for your rabbits have a look what UK Aviaries can offer. http://www.ukaviaries.co.uk/ The RWAF recommend a 6ft x 2ft x 2ft hutch with an attached 8ft run as a minimum living area for 2 rabbits. We feel that it is necessary to work with pet shops to change opinion and to work towards more suitable products, and information being accessible to existing and potential rabbit owners as well as members of staff, to promote rabbit welfare.

Rabbits Require Rights petition - please sign!

Please spare a minute to sign this petition from Rabbits Require Rights (Scotland) who are doing a great job of raising awareness of rabbit welfare in Scotland, and have recently met with their MP. https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/scottish-parliament-the-uk-government-as-a-whole-implement-urgent-pet-rabbit-specific-welfare-laws-in-the-uk

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Muesli based diets - new research

Our Veterinary Adviser, Richard Saunders, attended the British Small Animal Veterinary Association annual congress at the weekend, where Professor Anna Meredith revealed the findings of the feeding trial that has been carried out by the University of Edinburgh, FERA (Food and Environment Research Agency, a branch of DEFRA), and Burgess. Previous findings had shown that rabbits only fed muesli became rapidly obese, compared to those on muesli or pellet and hay diets, or hay only diets. The more recent work showed that rabbits which were fed on muesli, with or without hay, developed the first warning signs of dental disease, spent less time in active behaviours (and in some cases chewed flooring materials), and had more uneaten caecotrophs, and abnormally small faecal pellets. They also drank less water, which is an important factor in urinary tract health for rabbits. Full details will emerge as the work is published in the scientific literature, but these findings provide the first scientific proof that hay based diets, with small, carefully measured amounts of extruded pellet tailored to the needs of the pet rabbit, are better for their health than muesli based diets, with or without hay, for many reasons. Vets will be more aware now of these findings, being unveiled at a major vet conference, and aim to spread that information at Rabbit Awareness Week events throughout the country. And Pets at Home have taken the decision to remove muesli based diets from their shelves, a move which is to be welcomed, and to be hoped that other retailers will follow.