One Voice for Animals Uk campaigns

January to June 2021.

A better life for Rabbits and Rodents

One Voice for Animals UK in collaboration with Rabbit Welfare & Rescue organisations from across the UK, is seeking to improve the lives of Rabbits & Rodents. These treasured pets often live lonely lives in cramped conditions because our pet shops & retailers don't sell suitable accommodation & don't give the right advice.  We want to change that.

 

Rabbits. How you can help.  

 

If you or someone you know is thinking about getting a pair of rabbits, here are our top tips.

 

  • Calculate the cost.  

Rabbits can live ten years & have complex health & housing requirements - lifetime costs for a pair of rabbits are approx £16,000. Source RSPCA

  • Adopt don't shop.

Many rabbits are bred in very poor conditions - don't support the trade, instead find a local rescue centre. 

We recommend the following sites to help find your nearest trusted rehomer

 

https://www.saveafluff.co.uk

http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/

 

  • Rehome in pairs

Rabbits are not happy alone - they need another bunny friend.  But don't mix with Guinea pigs - they have different diets, communicate in different ways and the Guinea pig might get bullied.

 

  • A hutch is NOT enough

Rabbits need a MINIMUM area of 10ft x 6 ft x 3ft / 3m x 2m x 1m at all times - and part of that should be a 6ft shelter.

 

Read more from Rabbit Welfare Association on how to keep your bunnies happy HERE

 

  • What to feed your Rabbits?

Advice from the PDSA HERE

 

  • Enrichment and Behaviour

Advice from the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund HERE

 

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If you already have happy rabbits - or if you just want to help rabbits everywhere - here are more ways to help.

 

Sign the petitions

Ban Harmful hutches

Sign the petition HERE

 

Write to your pet shop/retailer 

Template HERE 

 

List of Retailers to contact HERE

 

Write to your MP/MSP

Template HERE

 

Email Template for phone users HERE

 

Tweet your MP

https://tweetyourmp.com/

 

Report an online advert 

If you are concerned about an advertisement selling pets online, or about a breeder you think may not be registered, or if you have been the victim of fraud. You can make a report here

https://paag.org.uk/report-an-advert/

 

Useful Links

https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

https://www.saveafluff.co.uk

http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk

https://rescuereview.co.uk/

https://www.pdsa.org.uk/

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/

https://www.rspca.org.uk/

https://www.scottishspca.org/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/pet-rabbit-welfare-guidance

https://rabbitsrequirerights.com/

 

With thanks to Unsplash and ICARIS Ltd for helping with this appeal. Bringing together hundreds of small animal charities, non profits and their supporters who are all fundraising to survive.