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Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) To Focus On Benefits Of Neutering
4th May, 2023 19h58
Burgess Pet Care
The Rabbit Awareness Action Group (RAAG), comprising some of the UK’s largest animal welfare organisations and charities and led by Burgess Pet Care, announces that the theme of this year’s Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) campaign is ‘Neutering: Protect and Prevent’.
RAW, which takes place from 26-30 June, will highlight the importance of neutering, which not only prevents unplanned litters, but, with around 80% of unneutered female rabbits developing uterine cancer after the age of three years, it also helps rabbits live longer, healthier lives.
During RAW there will be a wealth of activity intended to raise awareness around neutering, including blogs, videos and downloadable packs containing resources for retailers to create their own RAW campaigns.
Dr Suzanne Moyes MVB, MRCVS, Deputy Managing Director and In-house Vet at Burgess Pet Care, said: -
“RAAG decided to adopt neutering for the theme of this year’s RAW campaign, as we want to raise awareness of its benefits, particularly among owners. As well as the health benefits, neutered rabbits are generally calmer too. For owners with indoor rabbits, they’ll find that neutered bunnies are less likely to exhibit marking behaviours around the home.”
Charlotte Varley, Communications Manager at Burgess Pet Care, added:
“Our research shows that RAW continues to make a positive difference to the lives of the UK’s rabbits, with 90% of vets agreeing that rabbits’ welfare is improving. However, it’s a sad fact that there remains a lot of misunderstanding about the needs of these gorgeous creatures, including neutering.
“We would love to see more retailers than ever before throwing their support behind RAW, to help reach as many owners as possible. Please register now on the RAW website and you’ll be notified when your free retailers’ pack will be available to download, which will be filled with lots of engaging resources all about rabbit welfare and advice on how to run a great RAW campaign.”
RAAG is encouraging retailers to sign up to receive important updates about RAW at https://www.rabbitawarenessactiongroup.co.uk/raw-pack-reminder/.
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