The Rabbit-Friendly Vet Directory

A reminder that we have a published rabbit-friendly vet directory on our website, which is free for you to use. Vets are assessed thoroughly, and not everyone who applies passes and is included. Any complaints about member practices are taken very seriously and fully investigated. A lot of work goes into maintaining this rabbit-friendly directory […]

Perceptions of the Rabbit

Say No to School Rabbits

Although initiatives to improve companion rabbit welfare have been made in recent times, through e.g. the availability of evidence-based husbandry guidelines, the traditional view of these animals as children’s ‘starter pets’ is still prevailing. A recent study by Cecilie Ravn Skovlund, Peter Sandøe and their colleagues highlights how such views can be detrimental to rabbit […]

Tips for Keeping Cool

Summer Dangers

With the heat wave continuing, please remember any outdoor rabbits. Here is some advice from Richard Saunders BSc(Hons) BVSc MSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) MRCVSRCVS Specialist in Zoo And Wild Animal Medicine Offer a water bowl so that they can get a better drink; they will drink more efficiently and faster this way, and that’s important […]


Rabbiting On, Summer 2023

Welcome to another Campaign Update, keeping you informed of our constant fight to make things better for bunnies. Capone Campaign – Annual Report 2022 This report relates to the activities of the RWAF in relation to animal welfare matters during 2022. This pertains to operations carried out under the remit of the ongoing Capone Campaign […]

Scared of the Dark

The use of a live rabbit on the ‘Scared of the Dark’ tv programme was inappropriate as it is detrimental to the rabbit’s welfare. Rabbits are a social species, and being individually housed, as this rabbit was, is aversive. Rabbits spend the majority of their time with a companion when possible (e.g. Huls et al. […]

ACV in water

Apple Cider vinegar is a vinegar made from fermented apple juice. Bacteria and yeasts in the apples produce alcohol from sugars, which is then converted to acetic and malic acids by another fermentation step involving “The Mother”, another bacterial organism. It is acidic, unpalatable and irritant in its concentrated form but harmless when diluted unless […]

Channel 4’s response is not acceptable, is it?

Next step, complain to Ofcom: This is our complaint to Ofcom: We have already raised a complaint with Channel 4, and had a response that claims that welfare was of paramount importance, this is clearly not the case. In their email they refer to “the licenced (sic.) company who cares for [the rabbits], in […]

Last night’s Scared of the Dark involved a live rabbit. From 13 minutes.Danny Dyer said it himself, “poor little Thumper” If you would like to complain about this programme you can do it here:

Artificial Grass

Here at the RWAF we are often asked about the safety or other wise of various plants in the garden. However, one garden item I hadn’t considered until someone asked us recently about, is grass, not real grass, but the plastic artificial stuff which is becoming more and more popular recently. There are several issues […]

RWA&F statement in response to BBC decision over Sort Your Life Out episode

Rae Walters, Director at the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund says; “We are hugely disappointed by the decision and statement released by the BBC in response to 1,500 complaints shared by viewers following the broadcaster airing an episode of Sort your Life Out on February 1st 2023, where a family’s rabbits were moved from a […]

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