Queensland has the toughest anti-rabbit regime in the world, with penalties of $44,000 and six months in prison the pet industry association of queensland (piaq) said the government was out of step piaq president paul westaway said queensland was the only place on the planet where it was illegal to keep domestic rabbits.
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Signs warning of the “rabbit keeping penalty” of $44,000 are placed at main border crossings leading into queensland state legislation requires the humane disposal of any rabbits found in queensland, which cooney says allows for the animals to remain alive – though the typical procedure is for animals to be euthanised.
Queensland rabbits are australia’s most destructive agricultural and environmental introduced animal pest, costing up to $1 billion annually they cause severe land degradation and soil erosion and threaten the survival of many rare and endangered native species domestic rabbits and european wild rabbits are the same species and readily interbreed. Rabbits are spread throughout queensland, with high populations in granite belt and south-west moderate populations in maranoa, southern warrego and north burnett, and on atherton tableland and south-west and north-west darling downs and isolated populations in remainder of state. A permit to keep domestic rabbits in queensland can only be approved if the animal is being kept for an approved purpose: certain forms of public entertainment (eg magic show and circuses) scientific and research purposes. Located in south-eastern queensland is the only remaining rabbit fence in the state rabbit numbers in queensland over time rabbit numbers have been variable across queensland ever since rabbits ﬁ rst appeared in 1887 disease, seasonal variations, predators and control operations have all had an impact on numbers. Rabbit laws in qld real life threat while easter bunnies - especially the chocolate kind - may be cute and tempting, rabbits in the real world don't always have such a good reputation and for good reason.
An officer from queensland’s springwood police station holds the rabbit that was seized from its owners there is a state ban on rabbits as they are considered pests photograph: queensland. A permit cannot be issued for keeping pet rabbits of any variety for any private purpose a permit to keep domestic rabbits in queensland can only be approved if the animal is being kept for.
Rabbit control in queensland a guide for land managers iii table of contents preface v is rabbit control worthwhile vi introduction 1 how can this manual help you 1 why control rabbits. European rabbits (oryctolagus cuniculus) were introduced to australia in the 18th century with the first fleet and eventually became widespread such wild rabbit populations are a serious mammalian pest and invasive species in australia causing millions of dollars of damage to crops their spread was enhanced probably through the emergence of strong crossbreeds.