Discussion in 'Pets & Animals' started by peg, Aug 31, 2016.
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Reads like scaremongering.
When was the last time a change.org petition actually made a change?
Government wouldn't approve it for use/release if there was even the remotest possibility of an impact on domestic pets.
Fair post, but much of that reads like government/industry propaganda/spin.
RHDV - rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus, sounds similar to Ebola virus or worse, in human terms, based on its effectiveness and mortality rate, etc.
"Humane" is relative and contextual. For the sake of argument, lets say that we started using Ebola (which we know causes a horrible painful death) on human populations that society wants rid of, such as lost cause prison inmates. I tend to think it would not pass the humane standards we uphold for our own kind, even for those whom we wish to punish. Perhaps they would of approved its usage in Nazi Germany?
No vaccination is 100% effective (despite their claims that their likely tiny experimental bunny group all survived post vac.) What if my vaccinated rabbit dies, who's going to compensate me for my loss? Meanwhile it's entirely possible that this expensive band aid fix becomes almost totally ineffective in the next decade or so.
End of the day it's up to the individual to decide whether they support this or not, there are pros and cons to be considered here as with most things. Feral rabbit populations need to be kept in check, no argument there, but personally I question the efficiency, humanity and safety of using this eradication method. Lets keep in the mind the previous strain RHDV1 for the most part was effective for only a decade or so and the other strains (RHVD2) are in fact known to species jump (to hares.)
Would you mind expanding on your initial post? I'm not clicking a random link to "bun lovers" The content could range from baked goods to bums.
online petitions are a waste of time
There you go.
if it meant irradication of all pest rabbits id gladly accept the consequence a few pets get knocked over too
environment before lifestyle choices
Domestic foreign species are a luxury not a right. I agree with others, we need to exterminate all the wild rabbits, so if domestic animals get caught up then that is a shame but not a reason to stop protecting our environment.
I have no issue with many pets please understand our environment it more important that your introduced fluffy bunny.
I personally find it ridiculous that rabbits are even offered as pets in Australia. They cannot be let outside for any period of time, meaning these poor creatures sit inside all day.
My kids love their pet rabbits (not my choice) but I am also surrounded by hundreds of wild ones. Bad year for them for some reason.
I agree with the others, this is stupid. Rabbits are a serious pest in Australia and coming from a farming background I've seen the damage the buggers do. Whilst some of the current viruses I have seen first hand (mixo) they aren't effective enough. I've seen mixo take out a whole colony for about a year then a year later the colony is overflowing again with the buggers.
Also looking at the petition page they claim that there are better ways to manage numbers without actually providing any. Viruses are probably the best method, they just have to get a highly effective virus. I can easily proclaim that shooting them is ineffective, I've probably shot 1000's over the years and it's made no serious dent on their populations but does at least keep them out of the sheds for a while.
Pet rabbits shouldn't even be allowed, the rest of the states should take a note from queensland.
even if you kill all the wild rabbits
all you need is two domestic rabbits to escape and it all starts again
They used to be banned here, and then they changed it to allow them.
I really don't know enough about this topic to form a view. There's already a risk to pets from myxomatosis, so any added risk may not make much difference. I agree that farmers' interests take priority here. It's their livelihood. I'd be upset if my pets died of a management disease, but I don't depend on my backyard's vegetation to survive....