RWAF response to Vetcompass dental disease frequency and risk factors May 2024

RWAF Response to Dental disease

RWAF Response to Dental disease in companion rabbits under UK primary veterinary care: Frequency and risk factors, Charlotte C. Burn, Joanna Hedley, Dave C. Brodbelt, Dan G. O’Neill. We have been asked what our thoughts are on the recent study by Maria Jackson and other researchers from the Royal Veterinary College, published in the Veterinary […]

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 […]

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. […]

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

Next step, complain to Ofcom: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/complaints 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.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/scared-of-the-dark 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:https://www.channel4.com/4viewers/contact-us

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 […]

Why rabbit breeding regulations need to change

There is currently a severe lack of legislation for rabbit breeding, and the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund intends to change that The UK’s leading rabbit welfare organisation, the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund, is demanding changes in legislation to require rabbit breeders to be licensed. They have recently launched a petition asking for a […]

Preloved and RSPCA join Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund’s Breeding Amnesty Campaign

Leading online classified retailer prohibits sale of rabbits, as other charities join the call for legislation change as UK is gripped by rabbit welfare crisis The UK’s leading rabbit welfare organisation, the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund1, has today announced that the RSPCA, Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Wood Green Pets Charity and Preloved, a […]

Campaign Update Winter 2021

Welcome to another Campaign Update, keeping you informed of our constant fight to make things better for bunnies. Capone Campaign update January to June 2021 by Mark Dron In the period from January to June 2021, Mark raised 203 cases; in the same period, in 2020, it was 147. 178 of those cases/referrals related to […]

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