live, domestic rabbits as prey for its bobcat kittens. At that time, I posted a YouTube link that showed the practice in action. The video showed a tame rabbit approaching a bobcat, and the bobcat proceeding to chase the rabbit around its enclosure and finally killing it.
This video incensed many rabbit advocates, who began a campaign on facebook asking BCR to discontinue its use of live rabbits as prey. A series of emotionally charged events unfolded over the next few days with many rabbit advocates posting on BCR's facebook page, and many BCR supporters feeling like their organization was under attack.
One local news station posted the following video regarding this issue:
BCR has since removed the original video from YouTube, as well as any related photographs and wall posts from its facebook page. However, the organization continues to maintain that feeding live prey is necessary for the rehabilitation of its bobcat kittens.
Gainesville Rabbit Rescue (GRR) has spoken with a veterinarian who does wildlife rehabilitation in Florida. The veterinarian informed GRR that his organization never uses live prey because bobcats are born instinctively knowing how to hunt.
As in my previous post, I am asking that the staff of BCR meet with GRR to discuss this issue and reach a mutually acceptable solution. I am not a staff member, board member or volunteer of either of these organizations - just a concerned animal lover.