UVic goes completely rabbit free

Plan to keep 200 bunnies on campus officially shelved

Beginning March 1, the University of Victoria will euthanize any rabbits found on its campus. It is a change from the initial plan, put in place in September, to relocate the vast majority of the 1,600 rabbits to sanctuaries mostly in B.C., but one in Texas, while keeping around 200 on campus. The population is now down to about 50, and the university plans to relocate all of them, in an effort to deter pet owners from leaving unwanted bunnies at the university. “People are continuing to drop rabbits off on campus and I think as long as we continue to manage a population of rabbits, that will just continue,” Tom Smith, UVic’s director of facilities management, said.