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New non species specific calici virus in Australia

Rhdv2 killing our pet rabbits no vaccine available

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Kristel Kristel VIC Posts: 6
1 21 Dec 2015

To our heartless government

This is becoming a joke. Thousands of pet rabbits have succumb to RHDV2 in just a few months after it 'mysteriously' landed on Australian soil. We keep getting told, we don't know how this RHDV2 strain got here!!!
Please spare us such ridiculous answers. It was officially imported here by our government and studied and tested. So its not a mystery. (PestSmart: )
You have plenty of time for people who wish to be part of your scheme for making Australia a rabbit free country but not a second for the Australian citizens who are losing their beloved pets in the process. We deserve just as much respect as this scheme involves us greatly. It directly affects our lives, our hearts and souls and our livelihood.
We don't want cut and paste answers. We want real and truthful answers. We deserve at least this as we have to sit by and watch our pets die agonising deaths with not even an option to have been able to protect them.
There is nothing “humane” about RHDV also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease which causes the rapid development of blood clots in major organs such as lungs, heart and kidneys. These clots block blood vessels and result in hemorrhage and death from heart and respiratory failure within 30-40 hours.
Some die fast from heart or lung failure before they have to experience their insides bursting. They are spared a much more brutal death but still this cannot be said to be a “non-painful” “humane” death. Others don't die so fast. They're most loyal smart and much loved PET rabbits experiencing elevated temperature, anorexia, apathy, dullness, prostration and reddened eyes. Respiratory signs (e.g. rapid respiration, bloody nasal discharge) and occasionally nervous signs. If we are unlucky enough to be present in those last minutes or wish to comfort our pets through death, we watch as they have convulsions, followed by paralysis and lastly the most traumatising sound of our rabbits' squealing in pain before death.
How is this “humane”?
Why do they - and better yet – why would any animal deserve such a horrible death?
There are actually two strains that were imported that have mysteriously made their way out into the public. The other is RHDVa. This shouldn't come as a surprise as the same thing happened in 95 with the strain the public knows as the original which 'escaped'  Despite the SURPRISE find, scientists plan to release a new strain of the calicivirus K5 as a biological control early next year 2016 if the release is approved  to continue the fight against the nation’s worst pest.“It will be a double whammy with two new viruses out there,” rabbit expert Tarnya Cox said.  With such an effective killer on the ground, we DO NOT need a fourth RHDV!
RHDV2 is not even a related strain. It is a completely new virus that uses same mode of death, and it's not species specific. Who knows what affect this will have on other species - animals and humans alike. We don't know. If the government had researched what is happening in Europe, I hope they would not have imported this new lagovirus!  You may not see the dead wild rabbits, as they most likely will retreat to their burrows when they begin to feel unwell. Our pet rabbits have shown for you how effective a death sentence you have already deployed.
We responsible pet owners do everything we can to ensure our rabbits have healthy happy long lives. We pay annually hundreds of dollars for a vaccine to keep our pets safe from a virus the government “accidentally” let out in the first place. We didn't complain.
We love our rabbits just the same as any dog or cat owner and it's mind blowing that we don't have a chance - no choice at all - to keep our pets safe.
Omg the chaos that would go on if this was a virus that killed the domestic dogs!! Well to us these rabbits are no different. They deserve the same rights. They are living breathing creatures with the ability to love, to give love and receive love.
What a let down our government has turned out to be. Per the APVMA (Ticket ID: WJU-473-48952)   “Please note that for a new vaccine type of product such as the one that is the subject of you remail, it is unlikely that an Import Consent for veterinary prescription would be issued.” If not an imported vaccine, we need one developed here. There are enough dead pet rabbits to harvest what is needed for the vaccine.
The heartbreak and devastating effect this has had and will continue to have on rabbit owners/lovers, families and broken-hearted children is on your hands. We need a vaccine to save our pets who are not yet dead. How will this be accomplished?
I await your response. Please make it swift as our pets are running out of time.
(Name) on behalf of rabbit owners, members of Against the Approval of the K 5 calici virus made in Korea or not.