A UNIQUE GIFT IDEA
EASTER AND BIRTHDAY PRESENT IDEAS
For $50.00 you can name a rescued bunny in your a family or friends honour. Your family/friend will receive a certificate with the picture of the bunny named after him/her.
If you would like to honour a family member or friend or pet who has passed away, you can still do this and we will add the name to the website and any message from your family. This will remain in place for 12 months.
friends and families birthday's can be purchased in the same manner. You can name a bunny after your friend or family member for their birthday or other special occasion and they will receive a certificate. $50.00.
Go to the How to Help tab that has all the details on making a payment. Then send me an email at email@example.com to tell me your mum’s name and where you would like the receipt and certificate sent to.
SPONSORED FOR MIRIAM SARGENT'S BIRTHDAY
This beautiful bunny, now named Miriam, is one of the remaining 100 rabbits that have survived one year on after Big Ears with the support of others were able to buy out an entire meat farm operation.
Miriam spends her days with her friends, she lives in a large paddock and can run, dig and do pretty much whatever she chooses.
Miriam's sponsorship will go towards her health check and vaccination.
Kirsteen Stewart named and sponsored "Edith" for Edith Walls
AN EASTER SPONSORSHIP
Edith is one of the 100 factory farmed rabbits that were rescued a year ago and now call Big Ears their home. Edith is a happy bunny who enjoys living with her friends. She loves vegies and hay and a good snooze in the sunshine.
Sponsorship of Tom Dear the rescue rabbit in memory of my precious father Tom Wickham whom I adore and who showed me what the love and acceptance of God looks and feels like. Sponsored by Alice Lollback.
SPONSORED BY RUTH McMAHON
"this rescue rabbit has been named 'Lady Doreen' to honour the memory of Doreen Wickham, "my ever loving and inspiring mother".
SPONSORED AND NAMED SJ
This rescued rabbit has been named in honour of Dale who was a wonderful young man who loved both music and animals.
Clover and Fern have been sponsored in loving memory of Fluffy Sharman.
Mother's Day Bun
with Love from Mary
Mother's Day Bun
with Love from Elizabeth
Mother' Day Bun
with Love from Susan and Hayden
Mother's Day Bun
with Love from Susan and Hayden
In Loving Memory
with Love from Hilary
MEDIA ALERT - MEDIA ALERT
Hundreds of rabbits saved from Factory farm!
Easter Celebrations aren’t over for 300 lucky bunnies!
Big Ears Sanctuary, Freedom for Farmed Rabbits & Radical Rabbit have formed a partnership to help and rescue 300 ex-meat rabbits in Tasmania. With support from members, Big Ears Animal Sanctuary have been able to purchase the farm, including the 300 rabbits and all equipment used in this cruel operation.
On the 31st March 2012, Big Ears Sanctuary welcomed their new residents, after living a cruel life of misery and confinement.
“Rabbits suffer immensely in these factory farms through injury and disease. The rabbit farming industry has a 40% mortality rate, higher than any other agriculture industry.
The conditions of these rescued rabbit reflect this. These majority of these rabbits will live with a life time of illness from being exploited in one of Australia's cruelest, yet growing industries.” Says Freedom For Farmed Rabbits Spokesperson Hayley Budrius.
“After working with rabbits for years, the closing of this Rabbit Factory Farm further shows that this cruel industry is not financially viable in Australia and simply cannot cater to the welfare of these intelligent,. companion animals.” Says Karen of Radical Rabbit.
President of Big Ears Animal Sanctuary Jacqui Steele says “I am honoured to have these rabbits in my care, it has been fantastic to see these animals maintain their wild instincts by seeing them hopping, digging and eating fresh grass, all of which they are deprived of in a factory farm"
The current condition of many of the rabbits is promising and they will be offered up for adoption in the future-after they have all been desexed. All groups involved stand strong on the fact that the intensive factory farming of rabbits should be banned in Australia.
Your coverage is invited and we would love you to join us and follow the journey of these bunnies.
For Further information Please all Hayley Budrius -Freedom for Farmed Rabbits on 0435499220
The majority of the following bunnies are available for Sponsorship at $150 to $160 each. This will go towards their neuter/spay and vaccination. Some may be more expensive depending on their injuries and ongoing need for medication and medical treatment. You can also partially sponsor a bunny.
By sponsoring one of these ex factory farm rabbits you are allowing them to begin their life as free rabbits without any pain or medical issues. We hope then to be able to rehome these sweet and cheeky bunnies.
To Sponsor one of these free rabbits, please go to the How To Help tab near the top of the page we have paypal option. If you would prefer bank transfer/deposit or cheque the details are as follows
Big Ears Animal Sanctuary Inc
ACCOUNT NO: 253028028
OR send a checque or Money Order
made out to Big Ears Animal Sanctuary Inc.
TO: PO BOX 426, PROSPECT, TAS, 7250.
SPONSORED BY ERIN LYNCH.
THIS SPONSORSHIP IS A BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR ERIN WITH LOVE FROM AUNTY KATY.
Seamus is recovering from a scrotal abscess that was removed by surgery on 25 July 2012.
If you would like to sponsor Seamus you can do so for $50.00 a year which will cover his yearly health check and vaccinations.
You can also sponsor Seamus for $150.00 a year which will go towards his medical bills that involve 2 operations, pain relief and antibiotics.
Meet Augie. He first had his neuter back in early July. He then developed a large lump on his chest and so on 25 July he had another operation to remove a large abscess. As you can see in his picture, this has left quite a large incision site.
If you would like to help to support Augie's vet bills and to get him a nice treat or two you can sponsor him for either of the following amounts
1. $50.00 per year for vaccination and health checks and a treat - SPONSORED BY CHRISTINE GLASS FOR CHRISTOPHER'S 21st BIRTHDAY
2. $150.00 to go towards his medical bills for 2 operations, antibiotics and pain relief and maybe a treat or two.
Please go to the How to Help page for the paypal options, bank account details as well.
SPONSORED BY LAUREN FURLONG
Spring got her name from springing herself all around the couch and bed. She currently lives inside due to her respiritory illness. She is still quite young and enjoys a good binky on the couch. This is one bun that is enjoying her freedom. She also enjoys a pat.
Spring can be sponsored for $160 for her spay, vaccinations and treatment for her respiritory illness.
SPONSORED BY ELIZABETH LANE
This sad looking boy is Oscar. He has a nasty eye infection which he is being treated for. He is a younger male approximately 6 months old. His sponsorship of $160 will cover his neuter, vaccination and eye treatment and medication.
Oscar is a shy boy but is starting to come out of his shell. He doesn't like the 3 x daily medication to his eye but it is starting to improve so he is starting to look perkier.
SPONSORED BY ELLEN RICHARDSON AND RUBY
This character is Goofy. He is always doing something silly as can be seen here with a turkey feather he found and then proudly held for everyone to see.
Goofy's sponsorship will go towards his neuter and vaccinations. He appears to be in good health but we will know more once he has been fully checked out whilst having his castrate procedure.
SPONSORED BY JODIE KURIATA
Polar has a very sore front paw that he holds up and is unable to move around. Polar is yet to be neutered and will have his leg looked at the same time.
He is recuperating slowly and loves his head rubbed, he sits on the couch and enjoys attention and shows his thanks with some tooth purring.
Polar's Sponsorhip is $160 and will go towards his operations and any future treatments he may need.
SPONSORED BY TESSA MUSCARDIN
This sad looking little man is called Mr Hops. Despite how awful his eye abscess looks he is in quite good spirits. He lives inside with us and is quite an inquisitive bunny.
Sponsorship of $160 will go towards Mr Hop's neuter, eye abscess treatment and vaccination.
He is a sweet little bun approximately 5 months old.
PARTIALLY SPONSORED BY JODIE KURIATA
This little bit of cuteness is named Sweetie. She had a large abscess on her head removed and is recovering and is stronger each day. She is very young and I have to give her a 'snuggle safe' heat pad every night to keep her warm and happy.
Sweetie can be sponsored for $160 which will go towards her medical treatment. Sadly Sweetie passed away on 12 May 2012. She did not live long but she had lots of love from her surrogate mum Rose.
SPONSORED BY JANINE MITCHELL AND PERRIWINKLE ROSE
Lady Olivia can be sponsored for $150 which will go towards her spay.
Lady O loves to snuggle with her friends and enjoying her new found freedom.
SPONSORED BY JASMINE BAKIER
Carolyn is a fun loving bun and loves her new found freedom. Carolyn has been named and sponsored in memory of Jasmine's mother.
SPONSORED BY ANTOINETTE
This lovely girl is named Miss Beanie. Miss Beanie had a very large abscess just above her front leg and one day it burst, thus allowing her to use her leg again. Beanie will still need to have ongoing medical treatment, antibiotics, pain meds as well as her spay. If you would like to assist us with her medical costs you can sponsor or partially sponsor MissBeanie for $160.
SPONSORED BY MR FLOPSY
This sweet little man is named Loganberry. He hurt his leg playing with his siblings and is now in solitary so he can rest. Loganberry will need to go to the vet to have his leg looked at to determine how serious the injury is.
Sponsorship of Loganberry will go towards his vet check, pending neuter as well as any treatment for his injured leg.
You can fully or partially sponsor Loganberry for $200.00 a year.
Veronica is one of the farm rabbits that was used for breeding. She is a mature Doe and has possibly had up to 10 to 12 litters in her 2 years of life. Veronica has now been spayed so she never has to worry about that again. As can be seen from the picture, Veronica has an injury to her ear which is healing nicely and she also had some abscesses which are also healing.
Veronica lives with 2 other rabbits that have also been de-sexed. She can be sponsored for $50.00 to cover her health checks and vaccination.
January 2013 update, Veronica had a cancerous growth removed from her ear and is currently being cared for in our hospital.
Bionic Amy has a broken leg which has been pinned. It is uncertain how Amy broke her leg but before she did so she raised about 10 kits. Amy escaped one day and had a liason with a bush bunny. From a few hours on the run she managed to find herself pregnant and gave birth to her kits and reared them. Amy's babies live at the Sanctuary and are being named and de-sexed as they turn of age.
Bionic Amy can be sponsored for $200 to go towards her vet bills for the treatment for a broken leg as well as the medication and treatment to remove the pins in her leg.
January 2013 Bionic Amy had her pin removed. Her leg has healed but she has to have some follow up antibiotic injections.
Below are pictures from the meat farm that was purchased to save the above bunnies.
Below are pictures of the rabbits from the meat farm as they now live at Big Ears
Welcome to Big Ears Rabbit Rescue
Rabbits are one of the most cruelly treated animals in the world. They are factory farmed in small wire floored cages similar to battery hens and continually mated. Their babies or 'kits' are taken away and used for their meat, fur and are sold to pet shops only to eventually be kept inside a small wire hutch in a backyard.
Rabbits are commonly used for scientific experimentation - often involving intense pain and prolonged suffering. They are given no pain relief as it is believed pain medication may alter the results. Some tests last a number of days while others may last for up to a year.
It is important to realise that there are alternative non-animal testing methods for all these tests. In fact the European Union has banned the use of animals in cosmetic testing throughout Europe. For more information on animal testing and what you can do, go to www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au
It was with this in mind that Jacqui began a special project, Big Ears Rabbit Rescue.
Jacqui's love of rabbits has resulted in the building of 20 (and growing) specialty enclosures that house at any one time approx. 80 rabbits and guinea pigs. All have been rescued or surrendered and range in age from 6 months to 9 years of age. They have the freedom to run, dig, socialise and live in pairs or groups in large pens. They are de-sexed and vaccinated against Calici Virus and have regular vet checks for their teeth, nails and general health.
Big Ears accepts any sick, injured, pregnant or found rabbits that people may wish to surrender. We would rather have a rabbit surrendered to us than given away or sold without a good forever home screening process in place.
Big Ears do not charge a surrender fee however a small donation is always appreciated or you can donate items such as left over rabbit food, water bottles or enclosures.
We like these sites for their information and commitment to improving the lives of rabbits. Even though we are vegan we support the general message of Make Mine Chocolate - to give chocolate or a stuffed toy rather than a rabbit as a present at Easter time - or any time for that matter. You can always give vegan chocolates.
"Turtle and Midnight have spent the last 12 months in a tiny cage by the side of the road, standing on 4cm of their own droppings and getting no opportunity for play time. They have been terrorised by dogs and been given no care or love from anyone except the comfort they have given each other.
A kind woman, Mary, has rescued them and taken the scared little girls into her home. But she already has 2 rescue rabbits, other animals and is not in the best of health. She has too much on her plate to take them in permanently but has done such a wonderful job so far.
They are a beautiful bonded pair who like to chase and then cuddle and dig in their grass box. They are timid but opening up to people more each day, with so much love to give. They've had a tough start to life so need to adjust to human love first. They would like a patient, caring human companion that will make them a part of the family and not banish them to a small hutch outside."
On 18/2/12 both Turtle and Midnight arrived at the Sanctuary after being flown to Tasmania. They are in good health and thoroughly love their large outdoor pen. They have introduced themselves to their neighbours and spend their evenings running and playing and the rest of the day snoozing. Thankyou to Mary for rescuing these 2 beautiful girls and arranging for them to make Big Ears their forever home.
RABBIT PHOTO GALLERY
Brambles enjoying a good dig and then relaxing.
The issue of uterine cancer for female rabbits is a very real health issue. As we found out recently when Freddie and Frankie both went in for their spay. Both females had uterine cancer and Frankie's was so advanced that she needed to be euthanased.
Above is Freddie, now minus her sister after she was found to have inoperable tumours during her spay. Freddie also had tumours but the Vet is hopeful that she removed it all.
Above are pictures of Brambles feet and ear from when she first arrived at the Sanctuary. She had a piece of plastic stuck through her ear and her toe nails were so long she had difficulty moving.
The above picture on the left shows Brambles now she has had the plastic thing removed from her ear (removed by the vet) and her nails trimmed. She lives in a large pen with 3 friends and despite her size, she loves to run around.
Pictured above is Mayhem. She was purchased from a meat rabbit farm in Tasmania.
Herbie and Mayhem arrived at Big Ears back in October 2009. Herbie was 11 weeks of age at the time. Herbie and Mayhem were purchased from a meat rabbit farm where they lived in a cage suspended from the ceiling with a wire floor. Herbie shared his cage with other rabbits and had no natural sunlight. At the age of 16 weeks he would have been slaughtered by decapitation (fully conscious) and ended up in a restaurant or butchers shop.
Thumpi Jr Chewy and Jumpy
Above is a picture of Sweetpea when she had her chronic tearduct infection. This was a result of her teeth causing problems for her. Despite many treatments, including twice daily flushing and medication, Sweetpea had to undergo surgery to have her eye removed. It is now several months since her operaton and her eye has healed well and she presents as much happier and content. Thankyou to everyone who assisted us to make this possible for Sweetpea. Her quality of life now is incredible.
Rabbits often experience issues with their teeth, it is important to have them checked regularly by a rabbit savvy Vet.
Not a lot is known about Basil. He came from a breeding farm where he was one of the bucks. He lived in a small cage his whole life. Basil has scars on his ears and face where he has been in fights with other rabbits. He now lives in a large pen with two girlbuns Frankie and Freddy.He is not a very people friendly rabbit but this doesn't matter as he has rabbit friends to hang out with.
Bullwinkle and Jaffa both came from the RSPCA and needed a good home that could take care of their substantial needs relating to their fur. They are Angora rabbits and had been dumped to fend for themselves. When they were captured their fur was so matted that when we attempted to remove some of the fur we found massive clumps with feces and urine. We gave them a quick haircut and promptly booked them in for their de-sex and clipping. As a result of the clipping we then discovered that Bullwinkle had a terribly infected toe, and as a result it had to be amputated. Angora and similar rabbits may appear adorable as babies but they require a lot of extra care for their fur. Please consider the animals needs before taking on an animal like this.
This is Love-Bug a "wild" or "bush" bunny that was hand reared. These beautiful creatures are often removed from their nests when people come across them and find the babies on their own and assume that something has happened to the mother. Rabbits only feed their young once a day and it is usually at night or the early hours of the morning. Mum will spend time away from the nest because she does not want to draw attention to her kits.
Bigwig is an example of people who keep rabbits yet do not have them de-sexed. Once the babies are born, they are usually given away or dumped at a shelter. This is Bigwig's story. Luckily he came to live with at the sanctuary and has made friends with Molly and hasn't looked back.
If you choose to have rabbits as companions then it is your responsibility to have them de-sexed (BOTH MALE AND FEMALE).
Above is beautiful Pepper, in the prime of her life, only for it to be cut short by myxomotosis, as seen above. Myxo is a man made disease that is released to 'cull' the wild rabbit population. March/April 2010, Big Ears lost 14 rabbits to this deadly disease. I can tell you from first hand experience that this is a terrible, long and cruel disease with much suffering. The only humane approach is to have the bunnies euthanased as soon as possible. However, all this suffering and heartbreak is unnecessary. There is a vaccine available for domestic rabbits to be protected against myxo - much like they can be with the calici vaccination. The Australian government refuses to legalise this vaccine and make it available to Australian rabbit owners. In the United Kingdom they are able to vaccinate their pets.
If you would like to let the government know your thoughts on this issue please take the time to write to them or go to the following site and sign the petition.
Mopsy was seized by the local authorities when people moved out of their home and left him behind. He was found underweight and his ears had been painted multi-coloured. He came to the sanctuary in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. Here he is pictured with Tilly, another rescued bunny that had been terribly abused by being hit on the face. She is afraid of humans and we accept this and don't push our friendship on her. She has become more human friendly since she has been at the sanctuary but prefers to spend her time in the company of Mopsy and they are inseparable. Mopsy has since passed away and Tilly now lives with Wigglesworth.
Wilbur and Snowy the two rabbits that started Jacqui’s love for rabbits. They introduced her to their fabulous world that involves snuggling, digging, binkying and thumping their feet. Although Wilbur and Snowy are not overly friendly to humans, this does not matter to Jacqui. They provide her with much pleasure just observing them and their behaviours. They are a true pair and are always by each others side. They are rescues having originally been found on the side of the road (a possible dumping) and then were nearly being adopted by people who had plans to eat them. Luckily our sanctuary was chosen as the appropriate place for them both and they have lived with us at the sanctuary ruling the bunny kingdom since February 2007. Sadly Wilbur passed away in 2011. Sonwy has been bonded with a new sight impaired bunny named Casper.
Webster was “on sale” at a pet store which was closing down. We normally do not support the trade of animals by purchasing them from a pet store but in this instance he was left sitting in a small cage on a floor and many children pleading with their parents as to whether they could have him. When I overheard a parent remind a child that the last pet guinea pig they had died at the paws of their cat, I knew I needed to act and quickly purchased him. It was very sad to see him sitting on the floor in a too small cage (that was for sale with him in it, meaning he would probably have spent the rest of his life in it). Webster is now a big piggie and loves to run around and lives with his friends Hans and Chiefy.
Betty and Mr Inky. Betty is a bush bunny that was found as a baby and hand reared by some people. She was given to the sanctuary as the people felt that she needed more room to run. It was our intention to see her get a bit bigger and then release her as we do not support native (bush) wildlife being kept as companion animals. However, Betty hurt her foot and whilst healing she fell in love with Mr Inky. The bond is so strong that I could not see the benefit of releasing her, and in fact felt it would be detrimental to both of them. Bonding in rabbits is incredibly important and where possible bonded pairs or groups should not be separated.
Wetherby the rabbit reminds us of just how cute and appealing rabbits can be. Unfortunately this is often to their detriment as Wetherby was an Easter purchase that a few months later was no longer wanted and he was set free to fend for himself. People often think that rabbits can survive in the "wild" and dump them when they are no longer wanted. This is not true and is not the best thing to do. Take them to a shelter or sanctuary.
Rabbits like Wetherby are far removed from his native bush rabbit relatives as is evidenced by his ears and his colourings - both impractical for surviving and blending with his environment. By dumping rabbits you are not helping them, please reconsider and do the right thing as someone else may be able to give your bunny a caring home.
Please contact Big Ears if you need any advice/assistance.