Myxo petition - Oz bunnies

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Currently the myxomatosis vaccination is not available in Australia, even though it is available in other countries.

Due to high rainfall and an increase in mosquito breeding in 2010/2011 hundreds of pet rabbits in Australia have already been euthanased from this fatal introduced disease. Myxo is fatal and there is no cure.

Australia's wild rabbit population have already developed a mild immunity from myxomatosis.

Pet rabbits do not carry any immunity and 100% will die from the disease. Pet rabbits are highly unlikely to pass on immunity to wild rabbits if vaccinated as there is less chance a person who would vaccinate their rabbit would also release it into the wild.

Pet rabbits do not carry the capabilities to exist in the wild due to their colourings, build and lack of survival skills.


There's a big push again in Australia to persuade the government to allow myxomatosis vaccinations for pet rabbits.

Details can be found here http://www.scribd.com/doc/49688189/The-Bunologist-Feb-March-11

There are particularly acute problems at present Following all the flooding, mosquitoes are abundant and myxomatosis has reached epidemic levels, with may pet rabbits falling prey to this most distressing disease. To read a statement such as this is heartbreaking 'South Grafton’s Rabbit Sanctuary lost 80 inhabitants in just one afternoon last month as an outbreak of the myxomatosis virus continues to take its toll across the Northern Rivers area'

Those who don't live in Australia can help by signing the petition that can be found here http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41908.html
 

Rachel WD

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I've signed. It must be heartbreaking to watch your bunnies die of something that they can be vaccinated against.

80 in one day! :(
 

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Signed :)

It's just crazy/stupid that they can't vet the myxo vaccine :(
 

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It has been horrendous for pet owners of buns :0:0
The vets are seeing so many each week :(
One of our nurses at my vets lost 3 of her buns do to this horrible disease :0:0 Luckily they've saved the others x)
 
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