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Petition and politicians push campaign for pet rabbits

WONDERFUL FAMILY PETS: Support growing for rabbits.
WONDERFUL FAMILY PETS: Support growing for rabbits.

THE push by Ipswich councillor David Pahlke for legislators to allow people to keep rabbits as pets has stepped up with support coming from the administrator of the Legalise Pet Rabbits in Queensland Facebook page.

Narelle O'Connor administers the site where a petition on change.org has secured 3400 signatures.

Queensland legislation currently forbids rabbits to be kept as pets, except with a special permit. Ms O'Connor welcomed Cr Pahlke's support.

Should rabbits be allowed as pets in Queensland if they are registered and desexed?

This poll ended on 20 June 2014.

Yes - 74%

No - 25%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Rabbits are really great pets and if they are de-sexed, they can't get out in the wild and breed with wild rabbits," she said.

"I had some rabbits but someone dobbed us in to the rabbit board and they turned up one day and took them away. I have wanted a pet rabbit my whole life. My family all really loved them and they were really upset when we had to get rid of them."

Ms O'Connor said common sense was needed by law makers when legislating about rabbits.

"I fully support having them de-sexed, even if people have to apply for a permit to keep them," she said. "Most people are responsible. If they are going to apply for a permit and pay the cost of one, why would they be irresponsible and let them go?

"I have 3400 signatures on my petition and I hope we can get it legalised soon."

Cr Pahlke said he had received plenty of feedback from people wanting rabbits legalised as pets.

He said pet rabbits, if desexed and domesticated, would die if they escaped into the wild.

Cr Pahlke said he had received support from Ipswich West MP Sean Choat for rabbits to be legalised as pets. "And we are trying to get the rabbit board to come to Ipswich in the next couple of months," he said.

Ipswich City Council pays the Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board over $60,000 a year for their services in keeping rabbits out of the region. "But we have a rabbit problem in Karrabin, Amberley and Walloon right now that the rabbit board is not addressing."

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