In the Australian state of Queensland having a rabbit as a pet is illegal, so when a family was caught with a rabbit they pretended that it was an awfully large guinea pig, possibly looking like this one pictured above.
However, police officers soon found the rather rotund rabbit living in a cage inside a caravan.
The reason that the small mammals are banned is because of the damage they cause to the crops. Some argue that they can’t do any damage in their cages but there’s always the chance of escape.
The only time that people are allowed to own a bunny is when they have a permit for science research-or, would you believe, they are magicians. It’s a serious matter though, if you were ever caught with a rabbit you would risk being fined up to £40,000 and you could face a six-month jail sentence.
A pet-loving YJA member told us how he would feel if his rabbits were taken away: “I would feel so glum, because I am really attached to my rabbits.”
The ‘rabbit arrest’ did not impress many people online. One tweeted: “OMG guys! You arrested the Easter bunny!”
Talking of which…this week, a giant rabbit named Atlas has moved home after his first owners couldn’t cope. The young rabbit is only a couple of months old and is already as big as a small dog.
The UK police have no problem with the public keeping a bunny and Atlas (pictured with owner) can even be taken out for walks in his specially made pram.
Atlas’ new owners said: “Animals are just pets to some people but my rabbits are family members.”
But back in Queensland the rabbit law still stands – maybe it might change if more complain.
Louis, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy