Hillsborough County commissioners maintain off on rabbit gross sales ban

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A ban on retails gross sales of pet rabbits won’t occur in Hillsborough County anytime quickly.

Hillsborough County commissioners heard from involved residents and animal rescue teams Wednesday morning, pushing for a ban on the sale of rabbits.

“The good thing about this ban isn’t just to rabbits, it’s to kids, it’s to households who’re well-meaning, well-intentioned, love animals. They wish to do the appropriate factor they usually discover themselves impossibly overwhelmed with care of the rabbit,” one resident stated.

A number of audio system famous a rise in rabbits taken to shelters or rescues final yr. Activists attribute a whole lot of that to ‘impulse shopping for’ that occurs round Easter. A workers report discovered over 200 rabbits have been taken in by native humane societies, though not all these rabbits have been bought regionally. 

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This creates different points, as many native shelters don’t settle for rabbits.

“My name of motion to you is, I consider this drawback may very well be significantly lowered by banning the retail sale of home rabbits in our county,” one speaker stated.

A workers report advised commissioners launch a public schooling marketing campaign and a voluntary moratorium for feed shops round Easter.

“We have now but to search out any precise pet retailer that sells rabbits, so any sort of laws associated to a ban can be extra preemptive,” Scott Trebatoski stated in a presentation to commissioners.

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Commissioners disagreed on the thought of a voluntary moratorium with out extra analysis. 

They did move a movement 7-0 for the tutorial marketing campaign, as a substitute.

“I feel a sturdy schooling marketing campaign is an efficient begin, for now. We will look into what different steps we would wish to take as we transfer ahead with this,” Commissioner Pat Kemp stated.

In addition they requested one other report on gross sales at flea markets and feed shops.

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