VACCINATE PET RABBITS NOW
RABBIT owners in The Hills Shire Council are being urged to vaccinate their animals prior to the release of the new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-K5) before the start of a feral rabbit baiting program in February.
Led by Greater Sydney Local Land Services with the support of major landholders, local councils and environmental agencies, the annual program takes an integrated approach to the reduction and management of feral rabbits.
Greater Sydney Biosecurity and Emergency Services manager Graham Wilson said the program had been running since 2009 and had proven highly effective thanks to the cooperation of property owners and local government.
“It’s important people who own rabbits vaccinate for RHDV now to ensure that if their domestic rabbit comes in contact with the virus, mainly spread by contact between other rabbits and insects, they are immune,” Mr Wilson said.
“Owners of pet rabbits should consult with their vet now and maintain a vaccination program to protect their rabbits,” Mr Wilson said.
The program is expected to begin in mid-February and run through to the end of March 2017.