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Brachy rabbit - comparison

Brachy rabbit - comparison - click for high res image

Comparison of short-faced, flat-faced or brachycephalic rabbit with normal rabbit
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Brachy cat - comparison

Brachy cat - comparison - click for high res image

Comparison of short-faced, flat-faced or brachycephalic cat with normal cat
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Brachy dog - comparison

Brachy dog - comparison - click for high res image

Comparison of short-faced, flat-faced or brachycephalic dog with normal dog
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Emma Milne, campaigner

Emma Milne, campaigner - click for high res image

Emma Milne, vet, long-time brachy campaigner, patron of RWAF, ambassador for iCatCare
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Bring outdoor rabbits into an unheated room for satefy

Bring outdoor rabbits into an unheated room for satefy - click for high res image

A dog crate can make a good base for a hay rack and litter tray in an unheated room. Make sure cables are out of reach!
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Bring outdoor rabbits into an unheated room for satefy

Bring outdoor rabbits into an unheated room for satefy - click for high res image

With severe weather continuing we are urging owners of outdoor pets, such as rabbits to keep them safe and dry and bring them in to an unheated room inside.
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A hutch should be a shelter not a prison

A hutch should be a shelter not a prison - click for high res image

Rabbits should have access to a safe exercise run, so attach your rabbit hutch to one. This poor rabbit has lived a terrible life, alone and confined to this hutch and sadly this is all too common.
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Terrible neglect, and sadly all too common

Terrible neglect, and sadly all too common - click for high res image

This is how a recent admission to Buddies Bunny Rescue arrived, in a state of neglect. Sadly, this is all too common with rabbits being the most neglected pets in the UK.
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A home or a prison?

A home or a prison? - click for high res image

This small filthy hutch was where a recent admission to Buddies Bunny Rescue had spent his entire life.
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A single rabbit lives alone in a small hutch

A single rabbit lives alone in a small hutch - click for high res image

We welcome the progress with animal testing ban and are delighted that there is so much public support for this. However, far too many pet rabbits live as 'lab' or 'battery' rabbits and this needs to stop
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Rabbit rescues are facing a crisis

Rabbit rescues are facing a crisis - click for high res image

67,000 rabbits were handed in to rescue centers in the UK in 2010, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Make sure you can commit for 10 years and provide the right environment for them. A hutch is not enough.
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Rabbits abandonement increases to 67,000

Rabbits abandonement increases to 67,000 - click for high res image

Baby rabbits are cute but at least 67,000 rabbits a year are handed in to rescue centres in the UK. Make sure you can commit for 10 years or more and provide the right environment. A hutch is not enough.
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Binky Day

Binky Day - click for high res image

An expression of joy, if you see your rabbits binky they are happy!
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Binky - Joy in a-bun-dance

Binky - Joy in a-bun-dance - click for high res image

Binky Day 1st Jue 2012
A hutch is not enough
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Spring your rabbits!

Spring your rabbits! - click for high res image

In to a safe enclosed exerise area, or supervised in a bunny friendly garden.
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Spring your rabbits!

Spring your rabbits! - click for high res image

Into a safe enclosed exercise area, or supervised in the garden.

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Valentines

Valentines - click for high res image

Every bunny needs some bunny to love. Rabbits are happier when kept with the company of their own kind. A neutered male/female pair works best.
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Jaffa waits for Santa to come and get his Christmas list

Jaffa waits for Santa to come and get his Christmas list - click for high res image

A lonely rabbit waits by the chimney for Santa, in the hope that he will get his Christmas wishes this year.
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A rabbit' view

A rabbit' view - click for high res image

Under the tarpaulin they can still play happily.
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Rabbits can still play even in bad weather

Rabbits can still play even in bad weather - click for high res image

Because their run is covered with a tarpaulin offering protection from sun and rain.
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Cover the run with a tarpaulin to protect from adverse weather

Cover the run with a tarpaulin to protect from adverse weather - click for high res image

This hutch and run are permanently attached so that the 2 rabbits have free access to both and can shelter or exercise as they please. The run is covered with a tarpaulin to offer protection from sun and rain, meaning they are not restricted by adverse weather.
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Cover the run with a tarpaulin

Cover the run with a tarpaulin - click for high res image

These rabbits have free run of a hutch and exercise area, which is weather proof, meaning thery are not confined for long periods.
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RWAF recommended set up next to a small hutch

RWAF recommended set up next to a small hutch - click for high res image

Just for comparison, the RWAF recommended set up of a 6ft hutch and 8ft run permanently attached, next to a small hutch. Which would you rather be in if you were a rabbit?
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Thousands of pet rabbits live in hutches that are too small

Thousands of pet rabbits live in hutches that are too small - click for high res image

The British public has reacted in strong opposition to the proposed rabbit battery farms, but the RWAF point out that many pet rabbits live in conditions that are as bad, and urge owners to make sure they havent got a battery rabbit of their own.
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Remember your vows when taking on pet rabbits

Remember your vows when taking on pet rabbits - click for high res image

Love them for their whole life, honour your commitment to them and obey the animal welfare law. In sickness and in health - remember that they need to be neutered, vaccinated and taken to the Vet asap if they become unwell.
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Love, honour and obey your rabbits!

Love, honour and obey your rabbits! - click for high res image

Taking on pet rabbits is like taking wedding vows, you promise to love them for up to 12 years, honour your commitment to them and obey the animal welfare law.
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Cramped, filthy and rat infested

Cramped, filthy and rat infested - click for high res image

Is this how your pet rabbit started life, at an unlicensed breeding establishment? We can all make a difference - make sure you look round a breeders premises or ask your pet shop when they last did.
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Filthy and over crowded

Filthy and over crowded - click for high res image

Rat infested, filthy and over crowded. Around 80 rabbits were found in these conditions but how many have been kept like this over the last decade?
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Mother and babies

Mother and babies - click for high res image

These bunnies were most likely being bred for the meat trade, from these filthy and rat infested conditions.
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Move the hutch into an unused shed

Move the hutch into an unused shed - click for high res image

Its a good idea to move the rabbit's and their hutch into an unused shed during very cold weather. This gives the rabbits the freedom of the shed to exercise and keeps them warm and dry. It also keeps the owner warm and dry when feeding and cleaning out.
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Move rabbits and hutch into a shed

Move rabbits and hutch into a shed - click for high res image

Its a good idea to move the hutch and rabbits into an unused shed. This gives the bunnies more protection from the weather, space to exercise in the shed and keeps them warm and dry. It is keeps owners warm and dry while feeding and cleaning out.
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A Tarpaulin can be placed over the hutch and run

A Tarpaulin can be placed over the hutch and run  - click for high res image

A Tarpaulin can be placed over the hutch and run to keep the bedding dry and protect the rabbits from wind, rain and snow, whilst still allowing air to circulate.
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A hutch should have a run permanently attached

A hutch should have a run permanently attached - click for high res image

A hutch should be a shelter, not the sole or permanent accomodation for pet rabbits. A run should be permanently attached to a hutch so that the rabbits can exercise or shelter when they want, and do not have to rely on their owners.
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A hutch is not enough

A hutch is not enough - click for high res image

Please visit www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk and look at our ' A hutch is not enough' section for information on how to properly care for pet rabbits
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Flapjack looks scared and faces the unknown

Flapjack looks scared and faces the unknown - click for high res image

Being a grey rabbit Flapjack is highly visable to predators and is not likely to survive for long in the wild, especially if unvaccinated, as the wild population are suffering from Myximatosis at the moment.
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RWAF recommended set up compared to the 77cm hutch

RWAF recommended set up compared to the 77cm hutch - click for high res image

RWAF recommended set up of a 6ft hutch with an 8ft run permanently attached. Which would you rather live in if you were a rabbit?
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Run freely in 77cms?

Run freely in 77cms? - click for high res image

Treacle is a Rex rabbit, it is a common breed and not a giant breed. She fills most of the hutch, so the product description of allowing the rabbit to 'run freely' inside is not accurate in this case. This is without a food bowl, water bottle and toys inside, there would be even less room, and she is exposed on 2 sides due to the wire side of the hutch.
Ofcourse, rabbits should live in pairs as they are social animals who need to company of their own kind. 2 rabbits would not be able to live in this hutch.
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77cm hutch - stretch, are you sure?

77cm hutch - stretch, are you sure? - click for high res image

Treacle is a Rex rabbit, this is a common breed, and not a giant breed. She clearly can only stretch if the lid is up. The description of allowing the rabbit to 'stretch and run freely' is not accurate in this case.
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About Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund

Rabbit welfare charity

Britain's largest specialist rabbit welfare charity

For more information

Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund

Rae Todd
Phone: 07585 701012
Email: rae@rabbitwelfare.co.uk
Site: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk


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