SSPCA urge public to think before buying a bunny

Sheep is a female rabbit who is finding life in the centre pretty tough,
Sheep is a female rabbit who is finding life in the centre pretty tough,

The Scottish SPCA fears more rabbits than ever are being neglected, mistreated and forgotten about after rescuing a record breaking number of bunnies.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity is growing increasingly concerned at the number of animals arriving in their care and is urging members of the public to think very carefully before buying a bunny.

As part of Rabbit Awareness Week, which runs until August 17, would-be owners in Aberdeenshire are being asked to consider taking on a rescue rabbit.

Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn, said, “In 2013 our Drumoak-based rescue and rehoming centre took in over 100 rabbits, a figure which has been increasing year on year.

“This worrying trend demonstrates why we need to raise awareness of the hardships many pet rabbits face.

“Some rabbits arrive in our care in a terrible state having been denied basic nutrition and veterinary attention, while others are sadly forgotten pets children have grown tired of.

“The biggest issue is rabbits being put in a hutch and left at the bottom of the garden, with many enduring a life of solitude and boredom.

Superintendent Flynn added: “Anyone thinking of rehoming a rabbit should ensure they have the time, commitment and financial ability to provide a happy and healthy life. We strongly advise parents that they and not their children need to take responsibility for their welfare,” he added.