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Kelowna Daily Courier: October 23, 2008: City of Kelowna says SPCA approves penetrating bolt gun *LINK*

Rabbit-shooting ban continues

Kelowna Daily Courier
Chuck Poulsen

The city will continue its ban on shooting rabbits, approving instead either adoption or one of two forms of killing after they have been trapped.

“The SPCA has indicated they will take small numbers and there‘s a group out of Vancouver called the Rabbit Advocacy Group that has offered to help find homes for some of them,” said the city‘s Ian Wilson.

“The SPCA has told us there are two forms (of euthanasia) that would be acceptable to them. One is called a penetrating captive bolt, something like a device used in the cattle industry. That would be the preferred method. The other method is lethal injection.”

The bolt is injected into the animal‘s head, then it retracts. It was the weapon of choice by the sociopath hitman Anton Chigurh in the movie No Country for Old Men.

“The biggest problem with injection is that the carcasses can‘t then be provided to wildlife shelters for food,” said Wilson. “They‘ve been providing them as food for raptors and other kinds of wildlife. They can‘t eat the rabbits if there is poison in them.”

The city discontinued the air-gun shooting of the rabbits after an employee from the contractor, EBB Environmental Consulting, was seen stomping a rabbit to death after a pellet failed to kill it.

The suspension of air rifle use remains.

“If live trapping is not effective in reducing the number of feral rabbits, the city may revisit the use of air rifles as a rabbit-management technique,” said Wilson.

“The public can assist by not feeding the feral rabbits which are more difficult to trap when food sources are readily available.”

The public is also asked to make donations to animal rescue shelters to assist with the cost of housing and spaying and neutering feral rabbits.

Wilson said feral European rabbits have caused severe damage in other areas around the world and could be particularly damaging to Kelowna‘s agricultural industry.

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Kelowna Daily Courier: October 23, 2008: City of Kelowna says SPCA approves penetrating bolt gun *LINK*
The screams of rabbits being killed with bolt guns
Kelowna Daily Courier: November 22: The city's Ian Wilson said the SPCA has ok‘d use of the bolt gun as humane
The Province: October 24: Rabbits will be killed with bolt gun similar to what is used in the cattle industry
Is the penetrating bolt gun still on SPCA's own approved-methods list?
Why does any animal-welfare humane society have a "list" of approved methods of killing?
More questions: Do you run an animal welfare organization in BC? How many methods of killing do you use?
Big Heart Rescue uses only lethal injection. The RCMP we work with in remote communities use a bullet *LINK*
The first feral cat I rescued was while I was still working for the SPCA
Some know that I am President of CSRBC Cocker Spaniel Rescue *LINK*
Royal City Humane Society *LINK*
RCHS also gives a sedative before the lethal injection
Katie's Place *LINK*
Turtle Gardens *LINK*
Your input matters even if you are not part of an organized group, but are one of thousands of people who have rescued some animals
He died in my arms which broke my heart *LINK*
Here we are 38 years later condoning shooting a tiny, defenseless creature in the head with a bolt
Vernon and District Animal Care *LINK*
Small Animal Rescue BC *LINK*
Rabbit Advocacy Group of BC *LINK*
A veterinarian administers a sedative in a calm surrounding and, after sedation has taken effect, a lethal injection follows *LINK*
I am an independent cat rescuer
My 'little rescue' consists of taking senior and unadoptable dogs into my home for the rest of their lifetimes
Further, Dr. Schweitzer said...
Renaissance Animal Rescue *LINK*
My animals are only put down if they are sick or injured and that is by lethal injection at the vets
SPCA's 2002 Animal Management Plan only permitted two forms of destruction of animals
BC SPCA Position Statement on Feral Rabbits (2008) doesn't mention the bolt gun, but it does mention CO and CO2 *LINK*
Who sells intact rabbits? The SPCA did as of October 1st *LINK*