Save the UVic Rabbits!

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Save the UVic Rabbits!

Photo: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

You’ve probably heard the news: the University of Victoria, suffering a rabbit overpopulation problem which is entirely the fault of people, has just begun a massive cull.

There are 1,300-1,500 rabbits, and every one of them is either a released pet or the offspring of a released pet.  Most of them are tame; they’re described as being “an integral part of the…campus” for some students.  The university says that it doesn’t know how many rabbits will be killed.

(From )

Animal rights’ activist Roslyn Cassells has been working to raise awareness about the possibility of a cull and wants the University of Victoria to continue to explore options of finding homes for the rabbits. She worries that the university has been deliberately preparing a disinformation campaign to soften up the public into accepting a cull.

“As I looked further in to this, I felt the university had no intention of letting the animals live and in fact were manufacturing disinformation. The university’s desire to maintain the appearance of doing due diligence on the rabbit issue, without any genuine interest in, or intention of, diverting from their planned course of killing the rabbits,” explains Cassells in a telephone interview. “The university continually refers to its ‘attempts’ or other’s ‘failed’ attempts at resolving the problem using non-lethal means and holds this up as their justification for now promoting a kill.”

The BC SPCA is against the cull, and they are currently asking pet stores to sell only sterilized rabbits.  This is a ridiculous, ridiculous situation which is caused entirely by people who are–let’s be honest–complete morons.  They bought cute little bunnies at Easter time for the kids, but when the full-grown rabbits became too expensive or too time-consuming or too boring, they “set them free”, essentially dumping pets who for their entire lives have only known a house or even in a cage into a completely new world.

Most of the time, these rabbits die.  Some, like the UVic rabbits, are dropped off in a spot popular for rabbit abandonment–thus, more manage to survive long enough to produce offspring.  The fault is entirely completely upon humans with very little sense and very little compassion.

Do you want to help the bunnies?

Please call and email!  Protest the killing of hundreds of tame rabbits:

Managing the cull:

Tom Smith
Executive Director, Facilities Management
University of Victoria

Office of the President:
Tel: 250-721-7002

People in the Office
Ludgard De Decker
Director, Office of the President
Tel: 250-721-7004

Ased Said
Projects Officer, Office of the President
Tel: 250-721-7003

Shari Winter
Administrative Assistant to the President
Tel: 250-721-7002

Nieves Forcada
Secretary, Office of the President
Tel: 250-721-7005

Please send letters to the Vancouver Sun as well: (Re: UVic begins rabbit cull with lethal injections, May 17)


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alexia olson

May 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

I am a former student at UVIC.The cull of the rabbit population infuriates, me, especially since I know that there ARE many alternatives to euthanizing them. If anyone is interested in really trying to get a message across to the public, let’s organize a meet on campus by the main parking lot. If we picketed and made some noise, we might be able to stop this! If you agree, get in touch!

Alexia Olson


May 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

The greedy university wants to keep a “sustainable” number of rabbits. Meaning they want to keep some rabbits so they can continue selling bunny themed souveniers in their gift shops. The problem is that the only survival mechanism rabbits have is to breed. Their gestation period is 28 days, so there’s no way to control the population through a partial cull. What’s going to happen is that the population will rebound back fiercer than ever as the bunnies compensate for the lost population. The situation is going to get a lot worse. Or maybe the university has worked out a long term contract with an exterminator to keep killing the bunnies through out the year. I guess this makes the university happy and the exterminator happy.

Call and bother all those bastards. Tom Smith is not answering his phone so please leave long messages.

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May 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Hi Becci~ thanks for your comment! It made me feel better about the complaint I got from a UVic student who hates the rabbits with a passion.

William Jesse

May 31, 2010 at 8:41 am

Humane methods? Holding a frightened feral rabbit long enough and steady enough to inject into the vein in its ear? Time factor, cost? To me that is a lie. The university is run by a bunch of greedy bastards and spending money to euthanize the rabbits in that way is too expensive.

Dolores Labre

June 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

I have written to the President. I cannot believe that he/she is willing to tolerate this bad publicity aimed towards University of Victoria. I hope it bites them in the ass.

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Stephanie Hatten

January 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm

My daughter and sister in law attend and attended, respectively, UVic. I am so upset that they are going to kill the rabbits. This is an intellectual institution. We can judge our society and its members by how it treats the vulnerable. Shame on UVic and its administration. Don’t kill the rabbits. Deal with them, humanely or leave them alone.

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