In what is being dubbed the largest ever rescue of rabbits in the BC SPCA’s history, approximately 50 rabbits that were being raised for meat were removed from a Nanaimo property recently.
CTV News reported that the BC SPCA, using a search warrant, removed the rabbits from the home after the owners failed to comply with a past visit: to improve the conditions in which the rabbits were living.
The BC SPCA stated that the rabbits – apparently of a domestic variety – were living in cramped conditions, with limited or no access to food, water. They also allege there was excessive feces in the cages, and in some cases, the rabbits were living amongst the deceased.
Most of the rabbits will be available for adoption at numerous BC SPCA branches – visit their website to learn more about their availability.
This case drives home a necessary ugliness in our world: if you suspect abuse or inappropriate conditions, contact investigators. For the most part, those who work in animal services want what is best for the animals they protect and will work with owners to either improve conditions, or arrange a new home. The outcome isn't always ideal, but it's always a step in the right direction.
In British Columbia, you can report any suspicion of animal abuse or cruelty by calling 1-855-622-7722.
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