Lagomorphs are rabbits, hares, and pikas (Leporidae are the rabbits and hares).
please read What price beauty?
Here in the UK, both rabbits and hares need our help. Here are some organisations who do help them and are worth your time and assistance:
Big Ears Animal Sanctuary (Australia)
Standards in England need to improve. (Wales and Scotland have laws that protect rabbits to a higher standard) Rabbits need to be reclassified as pets along with cats and dogs. This is the first step to giving them more protection. They also should NOT be sold in pet shops and garden centres as the people buying them receive NO proper education about their care. Small hutches need to be BANNED. Write letters and emails to your MPs, support the RWAF. Do your bit to facilitate this desperately needed change.
I created a petition to facilitate this change, that was sent to DEFRA and selected MPs. Each time someone signed it, they were sent a copy of the letter. In the end, the MPs did not respond but DEFRA sent me back a rubbish reply (after I contacted them twice about it) and got my name completely wrong; they stated they would not change the law because it would place a "burden on retailers". I Say, that is a rubbish excuse and not even true. I am not done with this effort and will continue to let them know what I think. You can help too. Each time someone voices that they are unhappy with the state of things, it brings us a little closer to making the change happen.
watch a moving short film about hares from the Humane Society International here
a great example of why the law should change in England and rabbits should get more protection from the government click here to read
why change the law:
Cassie lost a leg due to neglect from before she was rescued.
Gorsky was blind due to neglect.
Tigger never knew love until he came to live here. He was old when we rescued him and had a brain tumour, and passed away three months after rescue. The place we rescued him from was a sad and horrible breeder's hutch, a very small dirty hutch.
Litha was dumped in the wild and attacked by a fox before rescue. She was also pregnant. It was apparent that before being dumped she had lived in a small dirty hutch. She had terrible ear mites, very long claws, dried urine on her bottom, and lost most of the use of her back legs due to muscle wastage.
Milagro has no front teeth due to inbreeding, was suffering from terrible neglect and would have died a terrible slow death had we not rescued him. Change the law.