Province beefs up security to bust bunny dumpers

Bunny dumpers beware: the province is watching. After years of people leaving unwanted pet rabbits (not the same as wild rabbits) near an active intersection in Victoria, the BC Ministry of Transportation is beefing up security to catch those responsible.

Metro News reported this week that the province is installing a security camera and warning signs at the busiest dump site, Highway 1 near Victoria General Hospital. Offenders who are caught could face a fine of up to $345.

“The rabbits cause a number of problems: motorists slow down to look at or feed the rabbits, and the burrowing animals have caused damage to sidewalks and embankments near the road,” noted Metro News.

One rescue group, View Royal Rabbit Rescue, has successfully rehomed about 120 rabbits, Metro News stated, but were distraught to find more bunnies dumped at the site recently.

“Weekends, evenings, doing surgeries, paperwork throughout the week: it’s like having a second full-time job,” Dr. Laurie Gaines, a veterinarian and head volunteer of View Royal Rabbit Rescue, told Metro News.

Dr. Gaines also indicated that the humane cage traps used by the rescue rely on food, so those who are trying to provide snacks or meals for the bunnies are making it more difficult for them to be rehomed.

“Anyone who is feeding the rabbits needs to stop immediately so that we have the best chance of rescuing the remaining animals,” she said. The group is also currently fundraising to help cover their costs (click here to learn more).

The Fur-Bearers are pleased that the province is taking this problem seriously by investing in security measures, and hope that View Royal Rabbit Rescue is able to continue finding homes for bunnies in need.

Photo via View Royal Rabbit Rescue/Facebook

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