Bremer County Fair in Waverly, Iowa. Children ages 3-4 join in for the rabbit scramble!
The Rabbits Need Your Voice!
This is not a Petition, Please File a Complaint:
Please copy and paste the complaint letter below and add a personal (Respectable) note on the end, then send it to the email addresses provided here:
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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:30pm
Bremer County Fair in Waverly, Iowa. Children ages 3-4 join in for the animal scrambles every year.
First Class - 3 and under
2nd Class - Age 4
3rd Class - Age 5
I am writing you today as a concerned citizen. There are events taking place at your local Rodeos called "Rabbit Scrambles". This event is a concern as it is extremely harmful to the rabbits involved, both emotionally and physically as they are chased after, stepped on and pulled. It is also sending a terrible message to children about how animals are seen and treated. Referencing Video footage of these events, you can see this is not one isolated Rodeo.
Rabbits have a very fragile bone structures to make them light and fast, so grabbing them by a leg or dropping them most surely causes broken bones-that very likely go untreated or broken backs which caused paralysis or death. As prey animals, being chased is one of the worst things you could do to them, so not only did they have to survive being improperly handled, chased or accidentally stepped on, they also are literally running for their lives.
When rabbits are treated well and given care and respect, they are outgoing, full of personality and are wonderful house pets to millions of people and they are considered a family pet. However, after the treatment the rabbits at these events have received, it is a wonder that any have survived...or made it through the first year. A frightened rabbit can bite & kick which can result in injury to the child or broken bones or back in the rabbit. Rabbits typically live 10+ years when cared for properly.
It is our Opinion this unnecessary cruelty must stop. I am asking you to stand with me and make sure this event does not take place again in your County. Please contact your local rescue groups to come and be on hand to educate families on adoption and proper care of rabbits and other companion animals as an alternative to this torture of a sentient helpless being.
Giving unwanted animals away as "prizes" only results badly for the animals, there are many options and games for children to have fun, animal cruelty doesn't have to be one of them. Tame Domestic rabbits are Not Rodeo Animals & Animal Cruelty Statutes should be honored.
Thank you for your consideration,
Rabbit, Chicken, Calf, Pig Scrambles & Pie Auction
Bremer County Fairgrounds
523 5th Avenue Southwest
Waverly, IA 50677
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bremercountyfair
Bremer County Fair Photo's:
News Story: Scott Beckstead Oregon state director of the Humane Society :http://www.eugeneweekly.com/article/cruel-rabbit-roundup
Ordinances Involving Rabbits
Mayor Bob Brunkhorst
Bremer County Board of Supervisors
WHO TV Channel 13 News
The original post has been updated since the South Douglas Rodeo has been temporarily removed from the list, some of the references pertained to SDR only.
Rabbits Thrown Across Yards & Used As Bait For Children To Chase
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