Ban pets

Stakeholders in rabbit debate agree on need for ban on selling unsterilized animals.

The University of Victoria, which is struggling to control a feral rabbit population that has ballooned to up to 2,000 animals, would like to see a legislated ban — as would the B.C. SPCA, other animal-protection groups and some municipalities.

Other communities have already taken that step: Kelowna, which initially tackled a rabbit problem with a cull, and then moved to trapping and sterilization, now has a ban on selling unsterilized rabbits, while Richmond city council has voted unanimously to ban the sale of rabbits in pet stores.

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  1. 1 Lana April 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Although animal rescue groups have been calling for a ban against rabbit sales in pet stores for years, municipalities did not heed the advice and, as a result, it is well known that the Cities of Kelowna, Richmond and Victoria have all faced the consequences. Proactive measures are needed. Banning the sale of rabbits in pet stores is a step in the right direction.


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