Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Illegal rabbit seized by police despite owners' attempt to convince them it was a guinea pig

The owners of a rabbit being kept illegally in Queensland, Australia, tried unsuccessfully to convince police officers that their pet was a guinea pig.

Queensland police found the rabbit living in a cage inside a caravan at Springwood, south of Brisbane, after being called to the address in relation to an incident involving the owners. Police said the owners tried unsuccessfully to convince officers the animal was actually a guinea pig.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the owners could face possible charges for keeping a declared pest. Queensland has the toughest anti-rabbit laws in the world, with penalties of $44,000 and six months in prison, unless owners have proper authorisation. RSPCA Queensland's Michael Beatty said it was very uncommon to come across rabbits being kept as pets in Queensland.

"We probably deal with about one case every two years ... so it's very rare," he said. "You don't see it a lot, it's fairly well publicised that rabbits aren't allowed in Queensland." The Springwood rabbit has been sent to a rabbit rescue sanctuary in Grafton, New South Wales. "We send them across the border to be re-homed there. Otherwise by law we have to euthanise them."


WilliamRocket said...

That is a beautiful boy, good that he will be rehomed, hopefully somewhere where he won't be kept in a cage. Rabbits are as active as cats, and only a **** would keep a cat in a cage. Same goes for rabbits. I only have 7 right now, all with big runs and regular access to the even bigger common area. I work as a builder here in New Zealand and often come across people who brought a bunny for their kid, locked it in a cage and pretty much forgot about it (yes, the bunny, not the kid) Sometimes it takes me days to convince them to let me take it off their hands. I also make them promise to never get a rabbit again.

COSMO said...

we must watch out 4 illwegal wabbits..

eat the lean rabbit meat..

and don't be cruel to a heart that's true