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Rabbit health
Neutering of pet rabbits
  1. Richard Saunders1 and
  2. Mark Stidworthy2
  1. 1Veterinary Adviser, RWAF, Enigma House, Taunton TA3 7DY
  2. 2President, BVZS, International Zoo Veterinary Group, Station House, Parkwood Street, Keighley BD21 4NQ; e-mail: richard@rabbitwelfare.co.uk

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WE are responding to the viewpoint article by Bradbury and Dickens (VR, December 24/31, 2016, vol 179, pp 654-655), in which they question the wisdom of routine neutering of single housed pet rabbits in the UK.

It is correct to say that the policy of the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF), and the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), is to advise neutering of all pet rabbits relatively early in life (eg, between three and six months). The main reason to neuter rabbits, in our opinion, is to allow them to lead their lives in social groups without the risk of fighting or unwanted litters. We also consider that the vast majority of rabbits can be housed in compatible social groups, and that very very few rabbits must be housed singly for reasons of temperament, and that this should very much be the exception, rather than the rule. According to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, housing a social species in a solitary …

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