PETITION FOR SUPPLY OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDED CALICI VIRUS VACCINE sign now

To the Hon. Tony Burke (MP.)
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

PO Box 6022
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

We wish to voice our concerns relating to Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, also known as Rabbit Calicivirus and the on going financial and physical losses being sustained by pet, commercial and rabbit hobbyists alike, since the "accidental release" by the Australian Government.

We understand the use of biological control methods in Australia for eradication of wild rabbits is deemed necessary by Government Departments, but should be reconsidering re-releasing the virus in such States as Tasmania where it is not warranted. That it affects our livelihoods, hobby or general pleasure of pet ownership should not be acceptable.

We understand the release by the Australian Government in 1996 was "accidental", without full testing, on its affects, and possible outcomes in relation to other wildlife, spread of the disease or financial impact on many in a hobby and industry which has potential to thrive in Australia.

RHD wipes out Commercial and Domestic rabbitries Australia wide, not just one or two rabbits, but often hundreds. With Australia's ban on importation, how do often rare varieties survive, or maybe livestock be replaced? Rabbit Owners are forced to pay dearly for vaccines that "may" cover one known strain of the virus.

It is time the Government was made responsible for their actions and that they learn to differentiate between the feral rabbit and our commercial and Exotic/Fancy rabbits.

We request the Australian Government take responsibility for their actions, and supply RHD vaccine free of charge to Rabbit Owners in the rabbit fancy.

Should we also petition the Australian Government for re-stocking, when we are thousands of dollars out of pocket? who is in fact liable for the Rabbitries who sustain losses? We query as to why we must pay so dearly both financially and personally for losses of our valued animals lives, due to an error in an Australian Government Laboratory.

Calici Virus has been often called the "silent killer". We assure you it is not. A rabbit dies in extreme agony, writhing in pain and often releasing a final scream of pain.

If the general public performed such cruelty to animals they would be reported and prosecuted. What makes it okay for the Government to release a disease to indiscriminately kill our pets?

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Latest Signatures

  • 10 December 2015250. Tracey H
    Please supply vaccine! It's not asking for much in return for the detriment this virus causes.
  • 12 November 2015249. Natalie R
    I support this petition
  • 10 November 2015248. Shannon Morris
    I support this petition
  • 27 October 2015247. Melanie S
    I support this petition
  • 23 October 2015246. Nichole W
    I support this petition
  • 20 October 2015245. Trevor B
    I support this petition
  • 20 October 2015244. Elysha H
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 2015243. Merv J
    Maybe we should inject a deadly virus that hasnt fully been tested into the members of our government and see if they still think the callici virus isnt cruel, as most of the members are more of a pest than our rabbits in the wild anyway! Time for the gov
  • 30 September 2015242. Tracey S
    I support this petition
  • 18 August 2015241. Veronica E
    have seen the horrendous effects this virus can inflict on rabbitry`s and individual pet owners
  • 31 July 2015240. Melinda S
    I support this petition
  • 20 July 2015239. Aaron F
    I support this petition
  • 04 July 2015238. Rabbit Patchoft
    All our rabbits had to be vaxed
  • 12 June 2015237. Kevin H
    I support this petition
  • 07 June 2015236. Genevieve H
    I support this petition
  • 07 May 2015235. Kim P
    В
  • 25 April 2015234. Micheala J
    Save our pets!
  • 14 April 2015233. Ashley L
    I support this petition
  • 10 April 2015232. Sharyn L
    This is a slow painful death for animals who are loved by families and friends. The likelihood of our animals surviving in the wild, I'm advised by my vet is 1\%. Can't see too many feral rabbits with lopped ears and pretty colours.
  • 16 March 2015231. Michelle C
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 19 January 2015229. Colleen C
    I support this petition
  • 17 January 2015228. Sophie H
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  • 15 December 2014227. Tameka W
    Please Mr Burke, do this to help the rabbit owners.
  • 08 December 2014226. Brendan W
    I support this petition
  • 10 November 2014225. Rhys W
    I support this petition
  • 08 November 2014224. Hayley Martinez
    save our Rabbits

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Mark JoyceBy:
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Tony Burke (M.P) Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

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