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Can I own a rabbit in Queensland?

Can I own a rabbit in Queensland?

You cannot keep a rabbit as a pet in Queensland. However, you can obtain a European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) for the purposes of exhibiting to the public. An example may include an invasive pest educational centre, or a zoo where the public enter the regular enclosure site to view the rabbit.

What is the fine for owning a rabbit in Queensland?

Queensland has the toughest anti-rabbit regime in the world. Anyone found illegally keeping rabbits can be issued with an on-the-spot fine of $2,200. The maximum penalty for keeping rabbits in Queensland is $44,000.

Why can’t you keep a rabbit in Queensland?

Why are pet rabbits illegal in Queensland? Rabbits are Australia’s most destructive agricultural and environmental introduced animal pest, costing up to $1 billion annually. They cause severe land degradation and soil erosion and threaten the survival of many rare and endangered native species.

Is it illegal to have a pet rabbit in Australia?

The wild rabbit is now considered to be a pest in Australia and in states such as Queensland, keeping a rabbit as a domestic pet is illegal (although rabbits may be kept as pets in New South Wales and Victoria). This land damage also threatens Australia’s native wildlife as well as our farmers and graziers’ livelihood.

How much is a rabbit in Australia?

How Much Does a Rabbit Cost? Domestic rabbits typically cost between $20 and $80 to buy in Australia.

Do you need a Licence to breed rabbits?

You might be required to obtain a Licence in order to breed your rabbits if ANY of the babies are to be either sold or given away, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for them. Appropriate insurance and public liability insurance if any bunny adopters are to visit your home.

Why bunnies are not good pets?

“Although they are cute, rabbits are NOT good pets for children. They are prey animals who hate being picked up from the floor and cuddled. Rabbits do not have flexible spines like cats, so improper handling can cause serious or fatal injuries,” Greetis told INSIDER.

What pets are illegal in Qld?

Prohibited mammals, reptiles and amphibians

  • American corn snakes.
  • anoles – all types.
  • boa constrictors.
  • ball pythons.
  • chameleons.
  • dingoes.
  • feral pigs.
  • ferrets.

Is it legal to own a rabbit in Queensland?

Introducing, keeping and selling rabbits in Queensland is illegal and penalties apply. Limited numbers of permits for domestic rabbits are available from Biosecurity Queensland for research purposes, public display, magic acts, and circuses. Before a permit is granted, guidelines must be met.

Are there any rabbit fences left in Queensland?

The Darling Downs–Moreton Rabbit Board fence, located in south-eastern Queensland is the only remaining rabbit fence in the state. Rabbit numbers in Queensland over time

What happens to rabbits found at the Queensland border?

Signs warning of the “rabbit keeping penalty” of $44,000 are placed at main border crossings leading into Queensland. State legislation requires the humane disposal of any rabbits found in Queensland, which Cooney says allows for the animals to remain alive – though the typical procedure is for animals to be euthanised.

What is a male rabbit called in Queensland?

The male rabbit is called a buck, the female is called a doe and her young are called kittens. The coat colour can vary in Queensland but grey always predominates. In western Queensland ginger rabbits occur quite regularly but this is not common in eastern Queensland.