If a rabbit escapes its hutch the first thing that’s in danger is itself. It may be attacked and killed by dogs, badges, cats, foxes, or run over by cars etc. They are fast food for all kinds of predators. Providing adequate shelter and protection is a must to consider when planning petting a rabbit at home. Rabbits that are kept outdoors or even those that spend some of their time outdoors are at risk. The most important factor that rabbit shelter gives is a protection from predators, weather, illness and disease. Watch out the diseases that can transferable to humans. You don’t like to get infected so cleanliness and proper hygiene must be maintained.
Dangers To The Environment If Rabbits Escape
There are different kinds of hutch fasteners that can purchase on any local hardware stores or even online. Some are very convenient to use and others can provide total security to keep out humans, either intruders or children to harm your pet. According to my friend Miranda the locksmith it’s wise to not just have hutch fasteners or catches, but to indeed have padlocks to not just keep your rabbits in, but keep predators out. The doors of hutches and other outdoor accommodation like sheds and playhouses need to be fitted with sliding bolts or other suitable locks. The standard fittings, such as twist latches are not secure enough. There is no point to sturdy construction and secure mesh if a predator can simply open the door so choosing a proper lock must needed.
On the other side, if rabbits escape and then start breeding, they can cause havoc and destruction to the environment. Rabbits breed quickly, so a small number of escaped rabbits causing a small amount of damage can become a large number causing lot of damage in a short period of time. They spread across over on different target land areas. They are suspected of being the most significant known factor in plants species loss in Australia. It is known that rabbits often kill young trees in orchards, forests and on properties plants. They target to go where a lot of foods to eat, attacking farms causing millions of dollars of damage to crops which is the only source of the livelihood of our poor farmers. Rabbits are responsible for serious erosion problems, as they eat native plants, leaving the topsoil exposed and vulnerable to erode.
Rabbits may look cute and harmless and give joy to us, but also they can cause havoc on our environment, economy and even human health.
Rabbits are cute and furry and every kid wants one as a pet. It is not as easy of what you think to raise a rabbit at home. You have to take considerations for few things before planning to purchase one. Victorian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee made guidelines and requirements approved by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security. It is to ensure that everyone will apply the proper ways how to raise rabbit at home correctly.
Aside from being a pet, it can also be a great source of income and one of the smart ways of employment. Commercial rabbit production is one of the leading meats in demand along with poultry, beef and pork. Few of the well-known importer countries are Italy, Belgium, France, Germany and many more from Western Europe. It is a proof that the rabbit meat is very highly consumable. By the demands of this meat, rabbit farming does makes sense that is one of the worthy businesses that you must give a try.
The Risks & Joys Of Starting A Rabbit Farm
In every business venture, you need capital to start with. There are a lot of agencies offers small loans for start-up businesses. You may find a nearest one at your area. You can raise two options of breed, whether for a pet or meats, both requires the same proper and careful handling to grow them healthy. Actually, this business is also good for farmers who have a limited land area. Rabbits only need small space for living and less food for surviving. It also became an ideal solution to prevent malnutrition in Uganda. Rabbit meat contains high ratio of protein, energy, calcium and only has a little of fats compared to other types of animals meat. Much healthier! I will start eating rabbit meat.
Rabbits are delicate creatures that need comfortable housing and enough food to feed. If there’s overbreeding at your farm, disease is more likely to occur. You should maintain cleanliness and good ventilation to help keep rabbits healthy. Once the rabbit get sick, it will become infectious between animals and human so it must be euthanized to prevent suffering and spread the disease to other animals. Once they overbreed, you can sell them straightaway either as a pet or to a butcher to slaughter it.
Alice famously fell down the rabbit-hole and we all know what happened to her. Of with her head, said the Queen of Hearts; and we can all lose our heads at various times of our lives. In an age of consumerism, at the shop shopping mall, when confronted by a wealth of desirable objects, we can weaken and waive our credit cards about like Harry Potter wands. What of the rabbit? What does that furry creature represent in life and literature? Is the rabbit friend or foe?
If one lives in the bush, then the rabbit is a menace. Australia is famous for its prodigious rabbit proof fence, which stretches across a massive continent. Rabbits are great breeders and their numbers terrorise the landscape, eating what the farmers would like their livestock to eat. Rural families have despaired at the rabbit menace and wept, as their crops have been devastated by plagues of rabbits. Rabbit pie has been on the menu during times of economic struggle; and is associated with the great depression for many older members of our community. The Rabbitohs are a famous South Sydney Rugby league team, who were named after, not the bunnies themselves, but the desperate men who used to catch them for a living.
Down The Rabbit-hole: And Other Furry Pathways
In the city, in our 21st-century world, in our comfortable urban existences, the rabbit does not pose as such a danger. Rather, the rabbit is seen as a soft and furry animal, something that advertisers use as backdrops for the promotion of fabric softeners and toilet tissues. The bunny with the big ears is a favourite cartoon character; a smart arse with all the answers. Children and children’s books love the small furry rabbit; here they are depicted as the epitome of innocence. Babies and toddlers are accessorised with stuffed rabbits and other soft toys.
What does the rabbit think about? What is on the mind of our furry friend or foe? Is it food and sex? Or, is it searching for free pathways on its journey toward evolution? Biologists would come out on the side of food and sex, I imagine. Farmers would slowly shake their heads and load their shot guns. Children would smile and get excited at the cute creature scurrying about them. The rabbit’s prolific ability to reproduce itself should be a symbol for capitalism and free enterprise. The rabbit should adorn the doors of our greatest banks, and be the heroes of Treasuries everywhere. I doff my hat to the bunny and the hare!