Monday, June 7, 2010
Hello President Turpin,
I am writing in regards to the situation your university is facing with the population of domesticated breed rabbits and how we, here at Long Beach City College in California, have dealt with a similar situation.
Our college is succeeding in humanly controlling/removing the 300 + rabbits that have been abandoned, or have procreated for generations on campus. None of our rabbits are of a “wild” breed, but are domesticated pets. Having rescued the campus rabbits for over 10 years I have come to find that they are even more devoted to their humans than cats or dogs, have as much, if not more personality and are as smart as any other pet, so it is amazing to me why people continually abandon them.
A year ago our college formed a Rabbit Population Management Task Force to address the rabbit population. Several volunteers organized and coordinated contacts with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, Western University School of Veterinarian Medicine in Pomona, CA and Bunny Bunch Rabbit Rescue in Monrovia, CA.
In March of this year we rounded up 100 rabbits to have a mass spay and neuter event. Eighty rabbits were fixed in two days with the help of Western University who came on campus with four full time vets and 12 student vet volunteers. Eleven of the rabbits gave birth to 47 babies before the vets arrived. Out of this first bunch of rabbits we were able to adopt out 109 rabbits and bunnies. We just had a second round up on May 25th and 26th and out of this second bunch (while waiting for the vets to arrive) , only one female gave birth. We consider this a huge success, and have seen in a very short time how our system is working.
The response from the media and press to our humane approach has been nothing short of stupendous. We were written up and were on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (Vol. CCLV No 77), we were on Good Morning America on Easter Sunday, we have received huge accolades from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary who is nationally known for their humane support and rescue of animals around the world. The approach we have adopted has brought such positive attention to our college, in a time when there is so much stress from budget cuts and layoffs, that it is the one bright spot in our favor.
I hope that your university will think twice about “culling” the rabbits who are there at no fault of their own. I understand that there is a group of people at your university who are willing to organize and deal with the situation in a more humane way and I have to say that this avenue allows all of us to sleep better knowing that we have tried to make a difference in a positive way.
Academic Administrative Assistant
School of Physical Education & Athletics
Long Beach City College
4901 E. Carson Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
FAX (562) 938-4875
Posted by SAVE THE UVIC BUNNIES at 8:21 AM