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Outrage after Ekurhuleni's decision to euthanise Bunny Park rabbits

Volunteers are calling for the park to close, saying the municipality is incapable of caring for the animals.

A bunny suffering from mange in the Benoni Bunny Park. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.
Ekurhuleni,Ekurhuleni Municipality,Bunny Park,Benoni Bunny Park
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JOHANNESBURG – Ban Animal Trading (BAT) said it’s outraged that the Ekurhuleni Municipality is considering euthanising hundreds of rabbits at the Benoni Bunny Park to solve the problem of over population. 

Volunteers are calling for the park to close, saying the municipality is incapable of caring for the animals. 

The park was closed last month for assessment following allegations of cruelty and mismanagement, only to be reopened and given a clean bill of health by a state vet. 

Volunteer Tania Forest-Smith said the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality is considering taking the rabbits to an abattoir, if they cannot be cared for.

“It’s not ethical. It will be a bloodbath, I can’t candy coat it at all.” 

BAT’s Smaragda Louw said it’s unacceptable that hundreds of rabbits should suffer because of years of mismanagement leading to over population.

“They’ve looked at the number of animals and they’ve just decided that there’s too many animals to handle and you know it’s always the easy way out to euthanise them like in an abattoir.” 

But the municipality’s Themba Radebe said this is just a consultation process.

“We’re open to taking input from residents and the groups.”

Volunteer’s say nothing has changed at the park since it reopened last year.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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