The Debate Over Releasing Domestic Rabbits
By Tom Seest
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Leaving domestic rabbits out in the wild is unethical and cruel. It leaves injured rabbits susceptible to predators and stray dogs. In addition, abandoned animals often have nowhere to go for help. In the event of an accident or injury, they may not be able to seek help for their injury.
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Abandoning a pet domestic rabbit outdoors is a cruel act, which is almost certain to lead to its death. Unfortunately, many rabbit owners make this decision each year. Recent reports on local social media groups show rabbits everywhere – in yards, at the golf course, and even in gardens. The sad fact is, that these rabbits are not very happy.
Rabbits are difficult to keep as pets, and they require lots of attention and time. Because they have no natural survival instincts, they can easily fall prey to other animals. Oftentimes, abandoned domestic rabbits die from starvation, but they will also be killed by predators or even hit by a car.
Although rabbits do not have legal rights, they are still animals that need our protection and love. Rabbits are often sold in the pet trade and are the third most commonly found animals in animal shelters. This practice prevents them from finding a new home. Rabbits are territorial animals, and if you abandon them in a pet store, they will likely never find a home.
A rabbit needs to be neutered or spayed in order to avoid behavior problems. Many people keep a rabbit in a small cage, not realizing that they need a large space to live a happy, healthy life. Keeping a rabbit in a small cage will only result in its behavior becoming more disruptive and less affectionate.
The Georgia House Rabbit Society receives around 500 calls a year from rabbit owners. Unfortunately, the organization has few resources to save these animals and is not always able to help every pet rabbit in need. Edie Sayeg, a rescuer with the Georgia House Rabbit Society, estimates that thousands of rabbits are abandoned in Georgia each year.
While it may sound like a cute idea, releasing a pet domestic rabbit into the wild is not an ethical choice. This practice is illegal in many areas and is considered an act of animal cruelty. Domestic rabbits are not built for the wild and are easy targets for predators and vehicles. Moreover, their coat is unsuitable for the harsh conditions of the wild.
In addition, it is not possible for a domestic rabbit to live a happy life in the wild. This is because it was domesticated from a species that lives in groups. Because of this, a domestic rabbit has a different nervous system and will respond to danger differently than a wild rabbit.
The first step in rescuing a pet domestic rabbit is to contact a rabbit rescue group or shelter. Moreover, purchasing a rabbit from a pet store will fuel the cruel pet trade. A PETA investigator went inside one of the farms that supply Petco and PetSmart. She saw workers who were dumping sick rabbits, guinea pigs, and even a pet rabbit into a cooler. Moreover, workers at the farm were crudely gassing the animals with carbon dioxide.
Another way of rescuing a pet domestic rabbit is by giving it to a shelter. These shelters and rescue organizations are often overrun with rabbits. They can also provide the information needed for proper care and management. However, not every shelter will take a rabbit.
While a domestic rabbit can be a wonderful pet, it requires adequate housing, exercise, and socialization. They also need specific diet and care. They may also need daily grooming. As a pet, rabbits can live anywhere from five to eight years.
Releasing a pet domestic rabbit is an unethical act. In fact, rabbits are the third most commonly surrendered animals in shelters. Most of the rabbits that are released are not rescued because they are tame but are released because their owners were not able to care for them.
If a domestic rabbit is injured or becomes ill, it may become easy prey for predators and stray dogs. The injured animal may also suffer from infection and could slowly die. Unless it is immediately treated, an injured rabbit could become easy prey for a predator or dog.
It is important to identify and treat any injury promptly, as rabbits will try to hide the injury or illness. A scared rabbit may attempt to hurt itself or become easy prey for a predator or dangerous stray dog. If you suspect a rabbit is injured, immediately contact a veterinarian. The animal’s condition will be assessed, and a treatment plan can be prescribed.
Rabbits are solitary creatures. They may not respond well to handling, and they may become easy prey for a predator. Even if you are friendly with a rabbit, remember to respect its boundaries and avoid handling it if it shows signs of fear. A healthy rabbit will require plenty of food and hay. Timothy Hay is the best choice. High-quality pellets are also available. Avoid feeding rabbits romaine lettuce or anything that contains seeds, as these items are too high in water and may be harmful to their health. A rabbit’s diet must be balanced and nutritious.
Rabbits can be a wonderful companion for the right person, but they need consistent care. Rabbits also require neutering and spaying to maintain a healthy body. Children, especially young children, are drawn to pets and like to pick up and hold them. However, this can cause a rabbit to injure its spine. A rabbit may also bite if it is frightened.
Rabbits may become easy prey for a stray dog or predator if they are injured or weakened. Their natural instinct is to chew on things, so you need to provide your rabbit with toys that will keep it busy. You can buy willow wood toys online or from a specialty store. You can also buy paper towels or toilet paper rolls to provide chewable cardboard. Just make sure you dispose of the materials after they are done.
A domestic rabbit may become severely injured without a way to communicate its pain, and the best way to help them is to get them to a veterinarian immediately. Without proper treatment, the rabbit may suffer from infection or permanent paralysis. In some cases, the best thing to do is to have the rabbit euthanized.
A veterinarian can provide a list of rabbit-friendly emergency clinics. Contact these clinics before taking your animal in. Make sure to keep the number handy. Contacting animal control or humane societies may be another option if you can’t find an appropriate clinic for your rabbit.
The first thing to do is to make sure your rabbit is properly examined. If it looks uncomfortable or sick, call your veterinarian immediately. If the situation has worsened, however, wait a while. This can lead to unnecessary visits to the vet.
Identify the area of the wound. A puncture wound may require surgery or antibiotics. If left untreated, the wound may become infected or develop an abscess. This can cause serious illness and may require expensive veterinary treatment. The wound should be covered with a clean towel or flannel to stop the bleeding. If the wound is deep, a veterinarian should examine it to determine if it requires any treatment.
Some veterinarians will prescribe an antibiotic to an injured domestic rabbit to cure the problem. However, certain antibiotics are harmful to rabbits. Penicillin, for example, can upset the normal bacteria in the intestines. The resulting overgrowth of toxin-producing bacteria can lead to diarrhea and dehydration. In severe cases, antibiotics may even lead to death.
If you find an injured domestic rabbit with an abscess, you must call a veterinarian immediately to determine whether it needs medical attention. If it does, make sure the rabbit is confined and kept safe while it is taken to the vet’s office.
It is important to remember that domestic rabbits have fragile spines and may suffer serious injuries if picked up. When handling your rabbit, make sure to use a secure carrier, and always keep it away from the feet and back of the car. When handling your rabbit, make sure to hold it with one hand while supporting its hindquarters. Avoid picking it up by the ears. It’s too stressful for a rabbit and may cause serious injuries. Always supervise small children around domestic rabbits and ensure their safety.
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