The Rabbit Consciousness Motion Group, led by Burgess Pet Care, has introduced that this yr’s Rabbit Consciousness Week will begin on the twenty seventh June and deal with rabbits’ atmosphere.
The ‘Room For Rabbits’ marketing campaign follows analysis by which 38% of vets mentioned they suppose rabbits’ atmosphere is probably the most uncared for welfare need1, with over 1 / 4 of the UK’s rabbits being saved in insufficient housing situations, and nearly half of them dwelling alone2.
The RAW survey additionally discovered that 90% of vets imagine that rabbits’ welfare within the UK is improving3.
Room for Rabbits will throw a highlight on rabbits’ atmosphere, with a number of initiatives throughout RAW together with vet blogs and movies on find out how to adapt bunnies’ housing for all seasons, boredom buster concepts, a contest to encourage house owners to create a RAW ‘gold normal’ atmosphere, and downloadable packs containing assets for practices to create their very own RAW campaigns.
Holly Citadel, Senior Model Supervisor at Burgess Pet Care, RAAG member and organisers of RAW, mentioned: “We’re delighted that RAW continues to have a optimistic affect, with our survey displaying that 90% of vets imagine that the welfare of the UK’s rabbits is enhancing – however there may be at all times greater than we are able to do.
“For the reason that earlier RAW marketing campaign, we’ve efficiently launched RAAG, which recognises that the welfare of those fantastic creatures must be excessive on the agenda year-round.
“By bringing collectively the experience of the RAW companions, RAAG is concentrated on encouraging everybody concerned with rabbits to assist the primary Good Observe Code for rabbits’ welfare in England to make sure it turns into enshrined in legislation.
“One of many methods to realize that is via initiatives like RAW, which is the UK’s largest welfare marketing campaign of its type.
“We recognise that vets’ practices have been actually stretched final yr because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant it was troublesome to assist campaigns like RAW.
“Nonetheless, following a surge in demand for rabbit possession within the UK through the previous two years, it’s vitally necessary that we educate extra house owners than ever earlier than and proceed to assist enhance rabbits’ welfare.”
“The veterinary neighborhood performs a massively necessary position in making certain that house owners have entry to the precise data, and we’re urging practices to throw their assist behind this yr’s RAW to make sure that we attain as many house owners as attainable.
Professor Ian Ramsey, Previous President of the BSAVA, which endorses RAW, mentioned: “The BSAVA is as soon as once more delighted to assist RAW and the theme of this yr’s marketing campaign.
“Rabbits stay one of the vital misunderstood pets within the UK, however we’re assured that vets throughout the UK will once more present their assist for this necessary marketing campaign to enhance the lives of pet rabbits.”
The RAAG is encouraging vets’ practices to enroll to obtain updates about RAW at https://www.rabbitawarenessactiongroup.co.uk/raw-pack-reminder/.
Downloadable RAW vet packs can even be obtainable from sixth June.
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