Rabbit rescue responds to recipe in Washington Post

On October 27th, the Washington Post published a recipe for Rabbit Gumbo.

RabbitWise, a rescue group in the D.C. Metro area, submitted a response which was published in the Post today.

RabbitWise’s blog also mentions their response.

What do you think? Was their response effective? Do you think it would dissuade cooks from trying to prepare the recipe?

26 neglected bunnies seized in NY state

Ulster County (NY) SPCA Seizes Neglected Rabbits
Man Sought in Cruelty Case

By Tod Westlake

The Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UCSPCA) rescued a total of 26 neglected rabbits from a Kerhonkson property on October 21.

UCSPCA Executive Director Brian Shapiro poses with "Freckles," one of more than 20 rabbits rescued in Kerhonkson last week.

The animals were being kept at the home of Juan “Victor” Caniglia, of 18 Foordmore Road, and were living in filthy conditions, according to Brian Shapiro, executive director for the group. Some of the rabbits were in very poor condition, but are now being cared for at UCSPCA facilities.

“The animals are being cared for in our newly renovated barns,” Shapiro said. “They are acclimating well.”

Caniglia, it turns out, had previously been charged with animal cruelty, after it had been discovered that he was keeping more than 100 birds and three rabbits in a small outdoor shed on his property.

Earlier this month in the Town of Wawarsing Court, Caniglia received a $2,200 fine payable to the UCSPCA, and was barred from owning birds or rabbits.

The discovery of the rabbits last Thursday means that Caniglia would appear to be in direct violation of this court order, according to Shapiro. He was not at home at the time the animals were seized.

“We’re going to be pursuing a warrant for his arrest, based upon the fact that he was in violation of the court order,” Shapiro said. “We’re also strongly considering further charges due to the neglectful care of the animals.”

The good news is that all but one of the rabbits survived the ordeal, and the others are now doing well and are receiving medical care as needed. One rabbit, unfortunately, had to be euthanized due to a malocclusion with its teeth that prevented it from being able to eat normally.

“He couldn’t eat, and he was in such poor shape, that we had no choice,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro also mentioned that three of the rabbits are pregnant and that there has been a terrific response from members of the community who are interested in adopting a rabbit.

“The public has been very supportive,” Shapiro said.

Some of the responses have come from groups as far away as Massachusetts, according to Shapiro. This particular group, the House Rabbit Network of Woburn, MA, actually intends to fly a small plane into Kingston Airport this Saturday in order to take three of the rabbits, Shapiro said.

Shapiro said that he had no further information on the status of Caniglia. It is worth noting, however, that the two recent cruelty incidents involving Caniglia are not the first. Back in 1994 the UCSPCA had seized dozens of animals from his property.

Another good bit of news is that many of the rabbits are now ready for adoption. If you are interested in adopting a rabbit, please contact the UCSPCA at 845-331-5377 x-211.

Update: Happy ending for Amos the dumped bunny

On September 10th we reported this story about Amos, an abandoned bunny in Scotland.

We’re happy to report that Amos’ story has a happy ending:

A badly injured rabbit dumped in a cat carrier outside a pet health care centre has had a happy ending.

Amos was found trapped in the container with a deep wound to his face and overgrown teeth by staff at the Scottish SPCA’s Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre last month.

However, as soon as resident Ann McLeod heard about the bunny’s plight, she decided she wanted to be the one to take him in – which she has now done, renaming him Louie in the process.

“Now he has a whole double bedroom to share with Floyd, who enjoys having another rabbit for company. Louie is a real character and is so laid back, despite what has happened to him in the past,” she said.

Caring, Confident Youth: Camp Fire Group Burrows In with the Bunnies

As many of you know, Long Beach City College has been dealing with a bunny-dumping situation for quite some time. It’s nice to know that they are getting such outstanding care and love from these kids. What a heartwarming article from the Long Beach Post! – Tamara

The Rabbit Population Management Task Force (RPMT) at Long Beach City College is getting some welcome assistance from the Waku Koda (Giving Friends) Camp Fire troop of Long Beach.

The troop’s community service group, Kiniya, is called on each year to come up with a service project, and the kids wanted to help out with the bunnies. A visit showed them to be having a heck of a lot of fun while they worked hard at changing litter boxes, cleaning cages, sweeping up floors, providing food and water, giving them treats (they like carrots, apples and basil, according to 10-year-old Abigail Rubin) and stroking their soft fur from the ears down to their little cottony tails.

Abigail Rubin doesn’t mind the work involved in rabbit care.

“You get to socialize with them,” said Mimi DaSilva, who is thinking of becoming a zoologist. “I like feeding the bunnies and cleaning the cages. It’s hard work, but it’s fun.”

The RPMT began as a task force to spay and neuter pet rabbits that were abandoned at the college and gave birth to countless bunnies who overran the campus.

LBCC employees Jacque Olson and Donna Pringle, with help from numerous bunny-loving volunteers and veterinary and medical services from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, trapped the domestic critters and had them spayed and neutered. Now, with 150 little long-eared creatures treated and adopted out, there are around 80 of them left waiting in the care of Olson, Pringle and a growing number of volunteers.

Last summer, Camp Fire mom Joanne Pon Rubin and her daughter Abigail discovered the project after hearing about it from the Unitarian Universalist church. With enthusiastic agreement from Abby, she decided that volunteer work at the RPMT by the 12 children in the Waku Koda group would be a worthy Kiniya.

Pon Rubin was impressed by the dedication and hard work of Olson, Pringle and the rest of the volunteers and by the condition of the rabbits and their environment: a large space filled with cages, playpens, and lots of donated clean hay, good food and water.

“We chose it because people here are completely devoted to dealing with these bunnies in a humane way, and we wanted to support that,” Pon Rubin said.

Mimi DaSilva takes bunny care seriously.

The RMPT project is humane and loving, providing unwanted rabbits with unarguably more care and caregivers than they’ve ever had. Volunteer Yuki is the bunny yenta; she pairs up rabbits who get along with each other. Volunteer Melinda has a list of names to fit the rabbits with. The entire volunteer staff makes certain that Oliver, Sparky, Elvis, Frank (for Sinatra), Lady Gaga and all the furry stablemates are fed, cleaned, played with and loved.

“And I take out the trash,” Pringle said. 

Daria Raby and Reese share a special moment.

The Camp Fire kids not only don’t consider caring for these rabbits as a chore but also express disapproval of people who do. The depth of their involvement was evident through their indignation over people who buy tiny bunnies for their families and then dump them when the rabbits get too big to be “cute” or don’t want to take the trouble to care for them.

“They should have thought before they got the bunny, because the bunny is suffering now,” Mimi said.

Indeed, Pringle said, rabbits who are dumped at the college do suffer. Besides being hunted and killed by natural predators, they’re at the mercy of wild rabbits. Wild male rabbits go alpha and maim or kill the domestic males, who have been found shuddering in fear and badly injured. The volunteers just took in eight bunnies who were covered with bites from other rabbits. One of them, Reese, had a leg missing, but when we walked into the bunny shelter, Reese had been neutered and was happily playing with Camp Fire volunteer Daria Raby.

Big John and Farina are a loving couple. John likes to snuggle under Farina, who mothers him.

Pringle and Olson are concerned about the ones they don’t find, however, since the program began and was publicized, rabbit dumping at the college appears to have tapered off.

“We still have a few, but it’s definitely decreased,” Pringle said. “Usually at Easter time, and then through the summer, it’s peak [dumping] times, but it’s been very quiet this year. And fewer baby bunnies are being born on campus, so that’s made a difference, too.”

Boots (male) and Peanut Butter Cup (female) make a sweet pair.

The RMPT will gladly accept donations and even more gladly will accept people who want to give rabbits forever homes. This is definitely an unabashed ploy on our part to get you to go down to LBCC and take home a pair of them, but be sure to heed young Mimi’s counsel and know what bunny care involves.

“You need to get ready to give them what they need: space, exercise, protection from predators if they’re kept outside, and interaction with people,” Pringle said. “They like to be in pairs—they’re very social (yeah! Take two!).

Make sure you don’t put two males together—even when not neutered, they can fight. Yes, spay or neuter them; in fact, female rabbits can get ovarian cancer if they’re left unspayed.

Rabbits can be box trained—they’re swell indoor pets—but rabbit-proof your house because they like to chew, and they may chew on electrical cords. Most of all, know before you get them—people get their pets and they’re cute little bunnies and in four months, they’re huge. Then with the cleaning and all the stuff—they dump them. It’s so sad for the animals and so irresponsible of the people.

And don’t buy a bunny—there are so many that need to be adopted, here and at shelters.”

Some of the many adoptable rabbits are pictured below. They need lots of care and love in a forever home. Remember that the Camp Fire kids are watching.

“Don’t drop them off at LBCC, or anywhere,” Abigail Rubin admonished.

Breaking news: Toilet paper changes could impact bunnies everywhere

OK, this isn’t a joke.

BNN reader Tina sent in this story from USA Today, which could have serious implications for those of us who entertain our bunnies with cardboard TP rolls. Time to start conserving those rolls….

Kimberly-Clark rolls out tube-free Scott toilet paperThe toilet paper roll is about to undergo its biggest change in 100 years: going tubeless.

On Monday, Kimberly-Clark, one of the world’s biggest makers of household paper products, will begin testing Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the Northeast. If sales take off, it may introduce the line nationally and globally — and even consider adapting the technology into its paper towel brands.

No, the holes in the rolls aren’t perfectly round. But they do fit over TP spindles and come with this promise: Even the last piece of toilet paper will be usable — without glue stuck on it.

Suddenly, there’s news in the $9 billion — but stagnant — toilet paper market. More important, it’s got a “green” halo.

The 17 billion toilet paper tubes produced annually in the USA account for 160 million pounds of trash, according to Kimberly-Clark estimates, and could stretch more than a million miles placed end-to-end. That’s from here to the moon and back — twice. Most consumers toss, rather than recycle, used tubes, says Doug Daniels, brand manager at Kimberly-Clark. “We found a way to bring innovation to a category as mature as bath tissue,” he says.

He won’t disclose the tubeless technology used but says it’s a special winding process. A similar process is used on tissue the company sells to businesses but not to consumers.

Behind the marketing push is a growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.

One environmentalist applauds the move. “It’s a positive example of how companies are seeking creative ways to reduce environmental impact,” says Darby Hoover of the Natural Resources Defense Council. But more relevant than nixing the tubes would be more recycled content in its paper, Hoover says. While Scott Naturals normally has 40% recycled content, this test product does not — but future versions will, Daniels says.

Bunnies do not approve of tube-free TP

Hoover says she hopes other toilet tissue makers follow Kimberly-Clark’s lead. How soon that may happen is unclear. Procter & Gamble, maker of top-seller Charmin, declined to comment.

Pygmy rabbit to remain on endangered species list

Good news for the tiny Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit!

The Associated Press has reported that the tiny rabbit will remain an endangered species as threats to the animal have increased in the past five years.

Still protected

That’s the conclusion today of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s five-year review of efforts to save the animals.

The study found increased risk from disease in captivity; the rabbits getting used to captive conditions and becoming less capable of surviving in the wild; and loss of genetic uniqueness due to interbreeding.

In recent weeks, there was doubt that the pygmy rabbit would be allowed to remain on the Endangered Species list.

The pygmy rabbit is the smallest rabbit in North America, and can fit in a man’s hand. It is one of only two rabbit species in North America that digs its own burrows.

Graffitti rabbit threatened with extinction

ROA, a secretive Belgian street artist who, like Banksy, has showcased his work in east London, painted a 3.5m (12ft) rabbit on the side of a recording studio in Hackney last year which could be painted after being declared as a blight on the local environment.

Beauty or Blight?

The building’s owners had granted the artist permission to create the piece, but they have been served with a removal notice by Hackney council, warning that unless they “remove or obliterate the graffiti” within 14 days, a council contractor will paint over the wall and charge them for the service.

“It’s quite the opposite of what they’re saying it is,” said Julia Craik, managing director of Premises music studios and cafe. “It’s not a blight – it really adds to the local area.

“If it was some horrible graffiti then they’d have a point, but it’s a thing of beauty in Hackney Road, which is not the greatest area in the world. Among the bingo halls and shops you’ve got a really nice artwork, which really adds something.”

ROA, who is in his early 30s, has risen to prominence over the last two years after starting out painting animal forms in a disused warehouse close to his native Ghent, in Belgium. His work can be seen in Manhattan and Brooklyn, in New York, and across Europe from Norway to Italy, while an upcoming commission will see him travel to São Paulo, in Brazil. His first solo show in the UK was staged at the Pure Evil gallery in Shoreditch, east London, this year, and he has had exhibitions in Paris in the last 12 months.

Charley Edwards, who runs the Pure Evil gallery, said: “It was the most successful show we’ve ever had in terms of people coming. You could hear the gasps as people walked in and saw his pieces.

“Banksy’s obviously more famous, but I think ROA’s work at the moment is really pushing it. What’s interesting with ROA’s work is how it interacts with the space it’s in – he’s done certain pieces where animals have been wrapped down the side of buildings.”

Edwards was with ROA when he painted the threatened rabbit, and described it as typical of his work. “He talks about repopulating the city with animals and bringing them back into the city,” Edwards said. “I think people really, really dig the rabbit – there’s a certain character to it that people just love.”

Hackney council said in a statement: “The graffiti … is clearly visible from the road and, whilst it is not the council’s position to make judgments call on whether graffiti is art or not, our task is to keep Hackney’s streets clean.

Last year, Hackney was criticised after it painted over a Banksy cartoon of the royal family that had been present on a block of flats for more than eight years. In October 2008, Westminster city council removed a mural from Newman Street, in central London, after the council’s deputy leader, Robert Davis, said keeping it would be “condoning” graffiti.

Mark Rigney, who runs a walking tour featuring ROA’s work, said: “Hackney council should realise that this art movement is a huge tourist attraction and people are crossing London and the globe to see the art upon the streets of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets – areas which are often referred to as the epicentre for London street art.”

Article from The Guardian

Hail to the Veronicas!

Ah! As if I needed a reason to like the Veronicas, an Aussie twin sisters singing duo, even more than I already do, news surfaced from Down Under that the singing sisters have come out swinging against the use of rabbit fur in the fashion trade.

It certainly brightened up this bunny girl’s otherwise mundane Monday.

According to the Brisbane (Australia) Times:

Pop-rockers the Veronicas have sung out against fur in a new campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The ad features twins Jess and Lisa Origliasso each holding a shockingly realistic skinned “rabbit” with a caption reading: “Here’s the rest of your fur coat.”

The bunnies in this photo are FAKE...but it does make a point

The twins launched the ad campaign outside Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building today, both wearing PETA T-shirts branded with the slogan “Mean People Wear Fur”.

They condemned Australia’s continued fur imports, most of which come from China, saying they are unnecessary.

Jess explained the campaign was to “discourage people from buying fur and educating them from where it came from”.

PETA says the campaign is aimed at the world’s leading fur exporter, China, where animals on fur farms are often skinned alive.

It says dogs and cats are killed in China for the international fur trade but with Chinese fur often processed and relabelled in other countries, it’s difficult to identify where the fur has come from.

“For us, fur is barbaric and unnecessary,” Jess said. “There is no need for fur.”

The Origliassio sisters have always liked PETA’s strong visual campaigns and are very proud to be part of their campaign against fur.

Because of their involvement in fashion design they felt it was the right campaign for them.

Thanks, Jess and Lisa – you girls are the best!

If you’re not familiar with the Veronicas check out the video below:

Kids say the darnedest things

This bunny needs rescue?

The children begged for a bunny rabbit, and after the usual fervent vows that they alone would care for it, they got one.

They named it Danny. Two months later, when Mom found herself responsible for cleaning and feeding the creature, she located a prospective new home for it.

The children took the news of Danny’s imminent departure quite well, though one of them remarked, “He’s been around here a long time–we’ll miss him.”

“Yes,” Mom replied, “But he’s too much work for one person, and since I’m that one person, I say he goes.”

Another child offered, “Well, maybe if he wouldn’t eat so much and wouldn’t be so messy, we could keep him.”

But Mom was firm. “It’s time to take Danny to his new home now,” she insisted. “Go and get his cage.”

With one voice and in tearful outrage the children shouted, “Danny? We thought you said Daddy!

Courtesty of Miss Cellania