Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD)
March 29, 2018
SALI's Farm has always and will continue to work closely with many other animal welfare groups in BC and Canada. I was watching all the news, social media, and blog posts about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) making it's way to the shores of BC. SALI's Farm will do our part to not only keep our bunny colony safe, but also to help stop the spread of this disease.
I heard group after group advising the quarantine of rabbits and changing the format of their Easter events this weekend to ensure there would be no public contact with rabbits. I am so proud of these small local groups who are doing so much for rabbits in our province and who are often my go to resource to help with issues about our rescue rabbits. They deserve recognition, official creditation (Paws for Hope is advocating for this) and provincial funding. Then the official call came out from the BCSPCA which helped to further spread the word that this disease was not to be taken lightly.
I was so surprised to hear that The Greater Vancouver Zoo was going ahead with their bunny petting zoo this weekend, as were so many other animal welfare groups. We all contacted the Zoo, and they have since cancelled the petting zoo portion of their event.
Here are the measures we are taking at the farm:
Hopefully, we can stop this disease in it's tracks before too many rabbit lives are lost.
And of course, Easter is the peak season for the purchase of baby bunnies in pet stores. And this will lead our overwhelmed rabbit rescue groups to be asked to help more abandoned bunnies when the babies are no longer babies. Or result in more bunnies being neglected in a backyard hutch.
We fully support the ban on selling rabbits in pet stores and this message from Paws for Hope