Did you know the only place in the world where rabbits are banned is in Queensland in Australia. You can be fined $44,000 or six months in prison for owning a rabbit. There have been petitions and campaigns to legalise bunnies, but the government are not moving.
The Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board (DDMRB) are responsible for maintaining the rabbit-proof fence around Queensland. The fence is 555 kilometres long.
So what’s so terrible about these cute, fluffy animals?
Will Dobbie of the DDMRB says “"I understand people think rabbits are cute, but there is not a lot of difference in wanting to have a pet cane toad for example," he said. "Both species have had traumatic environmental impacts on Australian ecology, and yet because the rabbit's cute, people have a desire to keep them."
Rabbits have been found to have a significant impact on agricultural industries and the environment. This is from wild rabbits and domesticated rabbits released into the wild by their owners.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Biosecurity Queensland say that rabbits cost over $1 billion worth of damage each year. They cause –
- Soil erosion
- Severe land degradation
And threaten the survival of rare and endangered animals.
Wild rabbits were imported originally to Australia in 1859. It is now estimated that there are 400 million wild rabbits in Australia.
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