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Spring your rabbits this Easter – A Hutch is Not Enough


April 04, 2012, Press Dispensary. It's easy to see why rabbits are the perfect symbol to celebrate spring, beautiful to look at and bursting with life. They are a common sight in our fields and verges; munching on grass, running, jumping and digging. And, according to a UK charity, these behaviours are what we should be looking for in our pet rabbits.

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) is the largest UK charity with the aim of improving the welfare of domestic rabbits. This Easter the charity is urging owners to spring their rabbits from the confines of the hutch, into a large secure exercise area of course!.

"What you see in the wild and what you see in the garden is very different," said Richard Saunders, Vet expert advisor for the RWAF. "A lot of people keep a rabbit in a hutch, alone and with no space to exercise. This simply doesn't let them act as they would naturally. Rabbits need to run and jump, and they'd never live alone in the wild."

The charity is promoting its A Hutch is Not Enough campaign, which aims to educate rabbit owners and pet retailers on what rabbits need to lead full and contented lives. It stresses the importance of a large secure enclosure in which the rabbits can run and jump freely. "A Hutch should be a shelter as part of a bigger enclosure, never the sole accommodation," said Richard. "People get much more pleasure from their pet rabbits when they make a bit of effort to give them the life they deserve. And if you’re thinking of getting a rabbit but can’t commit to meeting their needs fully then you should think again."

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Notes for editors
RWAF's Helpline number is 0844 324 6090.

RWAF is the UK's leading rabbit welfare charity, enabling education of owners, retailers and the veterinary profession about proper rabbit care. It believes that 'a hutch is not enough’ and that rabbits should be kept in accommodation that allows them to run, dig , jump and forage, with a (neutered) companion, proper vet care and a good quality diet.

People can help rabbits by joining up, and subscribing to Rabbiting On, ( http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=3 ) or by making a donation ( http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=35 ) . Because rabbits deserve better.

Reg Charity 1085689

For further information, please contact:
Rae Todd, Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund
Tel: 07585 701012
Site: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk

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